Like many law enforcement agencies, the Bozeman Police Department's Patrol Division is frequently seen as the "backbone" of the department. This division is the largest one in the department, is the most visible on a daily basis, and operates 24 hours a day, every day.
Patrol officers are the first responders to most incidents in Bozeman. They are either dispatched to an incident called into the Gallatin County 9-1-1 Communications Center, or they observe a situation as they are out proactively patrolling the City.
A shift for a patrol officer is never the same as the one before. They respond to every type of call from urgent, dangerous, and life-threatening calls, to requests to have their photos taken with children!
Patrol officers are trained in many different skill sets and undergo mandatory training throughout their careers to keep their skills sharp. Before even becoming a patrol officer, each officer must undergo three weeks of initial training, complete a 12 week session at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in Helena, and successfully graduate the department’s 14 week Field Training and Evaluation Program. After that, each officer routinely participates in ongoing training to continually improve their skills and knowledge.
Our patrol officers are assigned to a "beat", or division of the City, with the goal of decreasing response times and increasing the ability to proactively police. With the use of Mobile Data Computers and Computer Aided Dispatch, our officers are more effectively dispersed, ensuring coverage across the City. At times, they do cross into other beats to handle high priority calls or back up other officers in high-risk situations.
Aside from just patrolling in a patrol car, our patrol officers patrol on foot, ride bicycles, ride motorcycles, patrol with K-9s, and utilize unmarked patrol cars at times. Aside from all these duties, members of the Patrol Division also function as Field Training Officers, Special Response Team members, Honor Guard members, Negotiators, Crisis Intervention Team members, Arson Investigators, Crash Reconstruction Specialists, and instructors of various disciplines.
Our patrol officers have a strong commitment to proactive policing, crime prevention, and working with the community to keep Bozeman the most livable place.
The Bicycle Patrol Unit primarily focuses on areas such as the downtown business district, city parks, alleys, trails, and other areas not as accessible for a patrol car.
The Bozeman Police Department is proud to have formed an Honor Guard to give due honors to the flag of fallen brothers and sisters of law enforcement.
The officer and their K9 routinely assist in drug searches, building searches, and tracking.
The primary duties of the motorcycle patrol officer are traffic complaint enforcement, high congestion traffic control and enforcement, crash reduction enforcement, and traffic escorts, such as parades and other special events.
Special Response Team
The goal of the Special Response Team (SRT) is to provide for the safety and protection of the people it serves by providing a highly coordinated, efficient response, directed toward concluding extraordinary or critical incidents in the safest manner possible.