Minimum Qualifications

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In order to be considered for a position with the City of Bozeman Police Department as a police officer, applicants must meet the minimum following qualifications:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be fingerprinted and a search made of the local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;
  • Must not have been convicted of a crime for which the person could have been imprisoned in a federal or state penitentiary;
  • Be of good moral character, and conduct personal life above reproach as determined by a thorough background investigation;
  • Be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D. certificate;
  • Possess or be eligible to obtain a Montana driver’s license at time of hiring;
  • Be of sound physical and mental health;

Please note that meeting the above minimums does not guarantee an opportunity to participate in the rest of the selection process. Applications are screened and prioritized prior to the start of all hiring processes.


The following disqualifiers will automatically make you ineligible to become a Bozeman Police Officer:

  • Convicted of a crime for which the person could have been imprisoned in a federal or state penitentiary.
  • Convicted of a crime of domestic violence in any state that would be a conviction pursuant to §45-5-209 M.C.A., Partner or Family Member Assault.
  • Convicted of a crime of domestic violence as defined by 18 U.S.C. § 921(a) (33) A).
  • Dishonorably discharged from the armed forces and unable to possess a firearm in accordance with 18 U.S.C. § 922.
  • Demonstrated a pattern of violence, including domestic violence, regardless of whether or not resulting in conviction.
  • Past or ongoing affiliation with, and/or support of, an organization or group which fosters anti-government beliefs or any organization that supports hatred toward any protected class or advocates violence or disruption of government, or whose organizational or individual goals are contrary to the interests of public safety and welfare.
  • Demonstrated a pattern of bias constituting racial, gender, age, religion, ethnic, national origin, sexual orientation, sexual harassment or other discrimination.
  • Evidence that the applicant has willfully provided false information, misleading information or omitted information during the application or background investigation process.
  • Fail to possess a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma.
  • Been registered as a violent or sexual offender in any state.
  • Unable to work rotating shifts, weekends and/or holidays.
  • Fail to satisfy pre-employment medical requirements.

Please note that the list above is not comprehensive.