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Billings Police Department

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Billings Police Department
AbbreviationBPD
Facilities
Zones9
Patrol carsFord Crown Victoria, Ford Taurus, Ford Utility Interceptor and Pursuit Interceptor, Ford F150
K-9 UnitsBelgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherd
Website
https://www.billingsmt.gov/2882/Police



The Billings Police Department is a police department in Billings, Montana, the main law enforcement service in Billings, Montana. It is the largest city police force in Montana with 162 sworn officers/80 civilian employees covering 41 square miles (110 km2) and a population of about 115,000. The city is divided into nine beats and patrolled by 75 officers. [1] Organizationally the department is broken up into the Operations (Patrol) Division and the Investigations Division.

Rank structure and insignia

Title Description Insignia
Chief of Police The Chief of Police is the overall person in charge of leading the department.
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Assistant Chief Appointed by the Chief of Police.
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Captain Appointment by the Chief of Police. Division Head commander
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Lieutenant Promotion based on a written examination and panel interview/departmental assessment.
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Sergeant Promotion based on a written examination and panel interview/departmental assessment.
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Detective Permanently assigned position based on a written examination and panel interview/departmental assessment.
Police Officer Patrol Officers employed by the City of Billings

History

Before the Billings Police Department was established, most of the law enforcing was done by the sheriffs office or by vigilantes. The Billings Police Department was established in 1902 with about 10 Police officers on duty. Most of their jobs were shutting down red light districts and patrolling the streets. As the city grew, so did their responsibilities.

Controversies & Misconduct

In 2001, the Billings Police Department settled a Racial profiling case for $50,000 with the ACLU.[2]

Some 28 current and former Billing Police officers filed a lawsuit in January 2009 claiming that the city miscalculated their pay, possibly dating as far back as 1994.[3]

In October 2012, members of a city/county SWAT deployed a flash grenade in a home they were raiding. The device went off and burned a twelve-year-old girl. Although the team was looking for a drug-manufacturing lab, they found nothing and made no arrests. The child was treated at a local hospital.[4]

In April 2018, three Billings police officers were disciplined for having sex on city property.[5]

Chiefs

  • Ronald (Ron) Tussing - 1997 to 2005
  • Richard (Rich) St. John - 2005 to present

Line of Duty Deaths

  • Sergeant Robert T Hannah (EOW - July 2, 1904)
  • Policeman Enos Nelson (EOW - December 17, 1917)
  • Patrolman Arthur D. Pettit (EOW - December 23, 1935)
  • Detective Alexander F. Mavity (EOW - February 14, 1989)

Discover more about Rank structure and insignia related topics

Chief of police

Chief of police

A chief of police is the title given to an appointed official or an elected one in the chain of command of a police department, particularly in North America. A chief of police may also be known as a police chief or sometimes just a chief, while some countries favour other titles such as commissioner or chief constable. A police chief is appointed by and answerable to a national or local government.

Captain

Captain

Captain is a title, an appellative for the commanding officer of a military unit; the supreme leader of a navy ship, merchant ship, aeroplane, spacecraft, or other vessel; or the commander of a port, fire or police department, election precinct, etc. In militaries, the captain is typically at the level of an officer commanding a company or battalion of infantry, a ship, or a battery of artillery, or another distinct unit. The term also may be used as an informal or honorary title for persons in similar commanding roles.

Lieutenant

Lieutenant

A lieutenant is a commissioned officer rank in the armed forces of many nations.

Sergeant

Sergeant

Sergeant is a rank in many uniformed organizations, principally military and policing forces. The alternative spelling, serjeant, is used in The Rifles and other units that draw their heritage from the British light infantry. Its origin is the Latin serviens, 'one who serves', through the French term sergeant.

Detective

Detective

A detective is an investigator, usually a member of a law enforcement agency. They often collect information to solve crimes by talking to witnesses and informants, collecting physical evidence, or searching records in databases. This leads them to arrest criminals and enable them to be convicted in court. A detective may work for the police or privately.

Racial profiling

Racial profiling

Racial profiling or ethnic profiling is the act of suspecting, targeting or discriminating against a person on the basis of their ethnicity, religion or nationality, rather than on individual suspicion or available evidence. Racial profiling involves discrimination against minority populations and often builds on negative stereotypes of the targeted demographic. Racial profiling can involve disproportionate stop searches, traffic stops, and the use of surveillance technology for facial identification.

Source: "Billings Police Department", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billings_Police_Department.

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References
  1. ^ https://www.billingsmt.gov/DocumentCenter/View/46673/2021-Annual-Report
  2. ^ ACLU of Montana Hails $50,000 Settlement in First Racial Profiling Case Brought Under State Human Rights Law | American Civil Liberties Union
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2009-09-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Grenade burns sleeping girl as SWAT team raids home, Billings Gazette, 12 October 2012
  5. ^ "3 Billings cops disciplined for having sex on city property | Last Best News". Archived from the original on 2018-04-22. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
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Coordinates: 45°47′02″N 108°30′21″W / 45.783757°N 108.505902°W / 45.783757; -108.505902

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