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Careers & Opportunities

department photo_2012Look for our next hiring process, opening in March of 2015! 

Are you willing to help those in crisis? 
Do you desire having a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day? 
Do you view yourself as being a role model to those in your community? 
Do you have integrity, empathy and excellent communication skills? 

If you answered yes to these questions, the Bozeman Police Department wants you to join our team of professional men and women who make a difference every day in their community. 

The Bozeman Police Department offers a variety of training, special assignments, and professional advancement opportunities.  There are very few careers which offer more opportunities for self-fulfillment than that of a police officer. 

With a competitive starting salary, excellent benefits, and a four day work week, a career with the Bozeman Police Department provides you with the opportunity and flexibility to enjoy all that Bozeman and the beautiful state of Montana has to offer.

An entry level police officer describes a candidate with no prior sworn law enforcement experience or those who have completed a self-sponsored law enforcement academy and have not worked as a sworn officer for a law enforcement agency.  Those hired as an entry level police officer have a monthly starting salary of $4,239.14 plus additional pay if you possess a college degree.

Candidates who fall under this description must first participate in the Montana Law Enforcement Testing Consortium (MTLETC) before being hired by the Bozeman Police Department.  Visit for more information about the MTLETC.

A lateral level police officer  describes a candidate who is an experienced police officer who has worked for other law enforcement agencies with full police powers and duties.  Those hired as a lateral level police officer have a  monthly starting salary range of $4,239.14 to $4,732.06 plus additional pay if you possess a college degree and any POST training certification pay, depending on experience.  Refer to the Montana Department of Justice Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) office at for additional information and requirements for lateral entry police officers. 

A lateral level police officer candidate does not need to register with the MTLETC to apply with the Bozeman Police Department.  A lateral officer, unless already on the MTLETC eligibility list, will be required to take the written and MPAT tests in Bozeman during the week of our hiring process.    

Meet some of our Officers
Officer Clint AndersonPolice Officer Clint Anderson - "After being hired in 2008, the Bozeman Police Department has given me many opportunities to move forward in my career.  The Special Response Team is just one of the few I've chosen to take part in.  After going through a very rigorous selection process, I am now a member of the best SRT team in the state.  I'm also one of the department's field training officers, which gives me the opportunity to work with our newly hired officers.  Although this duty can be demanding, it is very rewarding to teach our new officers and mentor them through their training.  Send me an e-mail to learn more about being part of SRT."     

Police Officer Lindsay Shepherd - "I was hired with the Bozeman Police Department in 2010.  Officer Lindsay ShepherdI completed more than six months of training and currently work patrol with the officers on our mid and night shifts.  On these shifts, we work together on  everything from domestic disturbances to DUI drivers.  The volume and variety of calls on these shifts continues to build my experience.  The best part of working with the Bozeman Police Department is the collaboration with other officers.  Newer officers, like myself, benefit from the knowledge and experience of the more senior officers on a regular basis.  For more information about working night shift, send me an e-mail me to learn more!"

Officer Paul St. AubynPolice Officer Paul St. Aubyn - "I've been in law enforcement for over six years.  I started my career in North Dakota and moved to Bozeman in 2008.  The Bozeman Police Department has given me the opportunity to experience a challenging and exciting career in law enforcement.  Whether I am patrolling the streets or investigating crimes, I know every day will be a new and rewarding experience.  Another benefit to living in Bozeman is the unlimited opportunity to enjoy recreational activities such as skiing, fly fishing and mountain biking.  If you're an officer looking for a great opportunity, send me an e-mail to learn more about our lateral-level process".

Contact us at if you have any questions about joining our team of professionals.