Upcoming Community Programs
The 2020 Citizens' Police Academy has been suspended due to COVID-19. Please check for our 2021 Academy next March!
The Bozeman Police Department participates annually in the Law Enforcement Torch Run and other fundraising activities for Special Olympics Montana.
An annual community event held in Bozeman every August! This event is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live.
Other Community-Involved Programs
The Bozeman Police Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to fostering public safety through community building, education, and outreach.
For more information, please visit the Bozeman Police Foundation page.
Landlords can pay a high price as a result of criminal activity on or around their property. They may experience declining property values, property damage, vacancies, and the expense of engaging in the eviction process. On the other hand, landlords are rewarded with a stable and satisfied tenant base when they apply consistent rental standards during the application process and future tenancy.
Whether a rental agency managing multiple units or a landlord with one rental, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about the impacts of loud parties, problem tenants, parking complaints, animal issues, and general neighborhood safety.
Commercial burglaries are often crimes of opportunity that occur after your business closes. With a few simple steps, you can take an active role in reducing your risk of becoming a victim.
First, consider how your property looks from the burglar’s view. The outward appearance and security of the building may determine if a business will be burglarized. An unlocked door or open window is an opportunity for a burglar to strike. Every opening represents a potential security breach and should be inspected. Update or install locks, lighting, and alarms.
Second, establish a closing routine or check list to make sure employees lock doors, windows and set the alarm. Build a rapport with nearby business owners to discuss problems or nuisances and then identify solutions that benefit everyone.
The goal of Coffee with a Cop is to build relationships in order to better solve problems that affect our community. By eliminating all obstacles and distractions and meeting in a coffee shop, relaxed conversations can take place.
There are no speeches and no specific topics. The event is just an informal conversation about what matters to Bozeman residents. No reservations are necessary. Just show up at the advertised time, have some coffee, and talk with us about whatever is on your mind!
The Bozeman Police Department held its first “Coffee with a Cop” event in July of 2015. Coffee with a Cop will take place every three months in various locations across Bozeman. Look for announcements regarding the next event, come join us, and let’s have some coffee!
Burglary victims often feel vulnerable and violated as their personal space has been invaded. Residential burglaries statistically occur during the day while families are at work or school. The most common entry technique is a hard kick to the door, forcing the wooden jamb to give way. Household tools like hammers, screwdrivers, pry bars and pliers may be used to gain entry into your home.
Unfortunately, it is hard to catch burglars in the act and harder to catch them after the fact. While residential burglaries seem random in nature, there is a simple selection process. Unoccupied homes with easy or concealed access and quick escape routes are targeted. Once inside, burglars look for small, expensive items that are easily traded for cash. Favorite items include cash, jewelry, laptops, CD/DVD players, game consoles, watches, guns, and small electronic devices.
The Bozeman Police Department offers residential and commercial security inspections for the citizens of Bozeman. Residential burglaries statistically occur during the day while families are at work or school. With a few simple steps, you can take an active role in reducing your risk of becoming a victim.
From the front seat of a patrol car, you can see what it is like to work a shift as a Bozeman Police officer. These unique experiences are available during both day shift and night shift on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Riders are welcome to stay for all or a portion of a 10-hours shift, but most people stay about 4-6 hours. Riders are paired with a patrol officer and given the opportunity to ride in the patrol vehicle as the officer responds to calls, interacts with citizens, and works proactively within the community.
Before riding, riders will be required to sign a waiver form and indicate understanding of the following rules and requirements:
- Please wear conservative clothing suitable for contacting the public and the weather conditions. Tank tops, sleeveless shirts, exposed midriffs, cut-off shorts, worn out jeans and high heel shoes are not acceptable clothing. Clothing described as business casual is recommended.
- Audio and video recorders, cameras and camera phones will not be allowed unless authorized by a command officer.
- It is important that you do not interfere in the officer’s activities. Please hold any questions you may have until after the officer has completed the call or is no longer in contact with a victim, suspect, prisoner or witness. Please note that the officer may not be able to answer your questions at the time you ask; and/or due to privacy concerns, may not be able to fully answer your questions.
- You may not engage in any police activity unless specifically directed by an officer and may not be armed with any type of weapon, as defined under MCA §41-2-101(79). Exceptions to being armed apply to currently certified and sworn officers.
- You may not leave the police car or talk with victims, prisoners, suspects, witnesses or other persons contacted regarding police business without first obtaining permission from the officer.
- Depending on the circumstance(s), you may be dropped off at a safe location during your ride along and either retrieved by another officer or a friend or family member.
- You are riding in the capacity of an observer only. The officer is in complete control at all times.
- Keep in mind that you may be listed as a witness to a criminal incident, which may require you to complete written and/or taped statement, as well as require you to appear before a court of law to testify on behalf of the State of Montana.
- You may ride only once every six (6) months. This gives an opportunity to others that may wish to ride.
- Failure to adhere to the above rules will result in termination of the ride and may result in suspension of all future ride requests.
Ride-along are scheduled as available. If interested, please call 582-2000 and ask to speak to the patrol sergeant on duty.
Each year, a group of children are chosen from the Bozeman area to participate in the Shop with a Cop program. Each child is paired with a Bozeman Police officer for the afternoon. Local sponsors team up with members of the Bozeman Police Department to provide each child with a gift card to be spent at a local retail store.
The officer and child go shopping together for presents for each member of the child's family. When the shopping is finished, the child gets a ride in a Bozeman Police patrol car to the station, where they eat pizza and gift wrap the presents they have chosen. This event is a great way for these children to experience a positive one-on-one interaction with law enforcement officers.
Those interested in donating to this great event may contact the Bozeman Police Foundation.
The Bozeman Police Department currently owns and utilizes two trailers to assist with educating and enforcing traffic speeds and other traffics laws throughout Bozeman.
First, the Bozeman Police Department deploys the Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer (SMART), a portable, self-contained speed display unit that measures and displays the speeds of approaching vehicles. A speed limit sign attached to the unit reminds motorists to pay attention and obey the posted speed limit. SMART records the number and speeds of vehicles in a requested location, and the Bozeman Police Department can use that information to help determine which neighborhoods or streets require additional traffic enforcement. As speed awareness increases, motorists tend to slow down, even after SMART has been moved to a different location.
Secondly, the Bozeman Police Department utilizes an All Traffic Solutions message board trailer that was acquired in 2015. With this trailer, the department can remotely post specific messages targeting problem traffic areas and specific events.
Messages highlighting changes to traffic patterns, messages regarding awareness of nearby events, and messages regarding common traffic violations in a given location have all been created. This trailer allows the department to address issues beyond speeding issues that are commonly addressed with the radar trailer.