The Billings Police Department is committed to an open information policy with the news media and public that is consistent with state law, the need to maintain investigative security, protection of the privacy of individuals when appropriate, and the need to ensure due process. The BPD does not have a full time Public Information Officer (PIO) assigned solely to PIO activities. Instead, PIO duties are handled by the Administrative Lieutenant, who manages media inquiries, public education, and community relations for the department.
Active / Developing Incidents
Recent, active, or developing incidents are often posted on the BPD’s Twitter account. When pertinent and appropriate updates will be posted on Twitter as well. The BPD strives to make notifications on Twitter to notify the public of significant events events or crimes such as homicides, shootings, stabbings, robberies, serious injury fatal accidents, road closures, etc.
In the event follow-up information or additional incident details are to be released, a formal press release will be emailed to the media.
Who To Call
During normal daily business hours, all media inquiries should by directed to the Administrative Lieutenant (406) 657-8439.
For recent, active, or developing incidents on weekends, nights, and holidays, please contact the shift commander (406) 657-8459. A shift commander can provide media with basic initial information on-scene if available. Please allow for time a shift commander to call you back or meet with you while on-scene.
Crimes and Arrests
The BPD follows Montana Code Annotated (MCA), Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM), and BPD Policy 10-9 PublicInformation when releasing information to the public.
The BPD Will Release
General description of type of incident
Location of offense
Name, age, home city (if known) of person(s) charged for a crime
Victim, age, home city (if known), if they were injured or not, & if they were transported
Incident disposition (under investigation, referred to prosecutor, case closed, etc.)
The BPD Will Not Release
Investigative details or confidential criminal justice information
Name(s), address(es), of accused, but charged in an incident
Victim(s) or witness(es) name or address
Any follow up investigation results
Injured medical status, condition, severity, or hospital location
Race, unless it is pertinent and relevant to the incident
May be obtained from charging documents in the respective court system
May also be obtained through a request for publicinformation found HERE
Cause of death and name of deceased are typically released by Yellowstone County Coroner
Booking photos are available through the Yellowstone County Sheriff