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               Meet Chief Steve Crawford

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     Chief Steve Crawford was appointed Chief of Police for the Bozeman Police Department on May 18, 2015. He started his career with the department in 1994 and has served in a wide variety of roles while serving the community of Bozeman including police officer, bicycle officer, firearms instructor, special response team member and leader, drug task force detective, patrol sergeant, detective captain and patrol captain. Chief Crawford received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina and is also a graduate of the 259th class of the FBI National Academy. He holds Command and Administrative Certificates from the Montana Peace Officers Standards and Training.

     Chief Crawford currently sits on the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police Board, Missouri River Drug Task Force Board, Gallatin County 911 Advisory Board, HAVEN Board of Directors and the Gallatin County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.


  A message from Chief Crawford


     On behalf of the dedicated men and women of the Bozeman Police Department, it is my honor to present the department’s 2018 Annual Report. In 2018, we continued to focus on keeping Bozeman a safe and welcoming community to work, play and live. Bozeman also continued to have the lowest crime rate among the large cities in Montana. We also continued to strengthen our partnerships with our fellow public safety and law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal levels. We worked daily to maintain and strengthen an engaged community, through day-to-day positive contacts by the officers on the street as well as through a number of community programs.

     During 2018, we made significant strides to improve the City’s public safety technologies with final acceptance completed on a new radio system and began the switch over to a new computer-assisted dispatch (CAD) and records management system (RMS) replacing a system that had been used since 1999. Both of these technology advancements will directly translate into improved efficiencies and service delivery as well as improved public safety. The department is also very grateful for the community support expressed with the bond results for the Bozeman Public Safety Center. Moving forward, we look forward to the construction of a public safety facility that will allow us to meet the police, fire, prosecution and municipal court needs of our community now and well into the future.

     In closing, we remain committed to delivering best practice police services and proactively partnering with community members to address public safety issues and working to keep Bozeman The Most Livable Place.


Chief Steve Crawford


Mission Statement

Our Mission is to keep Bozeman the most livable place through public safety and community partnerships.


LEADERSHIP in the community that is proactive and innovative.

INTEGRITY at all times with transparency and accountability.

SERVICE above self that is personal, prompt, and respectful.

TEAMWORK that promotes collaboration and success.



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