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 about 142 sworn officers/80 civilian employees covering 41 square miles (110 km2) and a population of about 105,000. The city is divided into nine beats and patrolled by 75 officers.
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.
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The K-9 unit was formed in the 1970s. It currently has 4 dogs that assist suspect apprehension and drug searches.
The bicycle unit was formed in 1997.
The motorcycle unit was established in 2000 with about 5 motorcycle police officers.
The Billings Police Department has a full tactical SWAT team.
The bomb squad was formed in the 1980s. In 2005, the Bomb Squad received its first BDR, (bomb disposal robot), with a camera, two way radio and a disposal arm. It is also used in hostage negotiations.
The Billings Police Departments has 20 detectives on its force. This unit is commanded by a Captain, Lieutenant and Sgt.http://ci.billings.mt.us/index.aspx?NID=230