Billings Police Department

Judge Overrules Overtime Judgement for BPD
A judge has ruled in favor of the city government in the matter of Billings Police officers’ efforts to receive more than $2.73 million for overtime they say they’re owed dating back nearly a decade. District Judge Olivia Rieger of Dawson County issued an order on Wed…
Suspicious Fire
Arson is suspected in a house fire on Billings South Side. Q2 reports Firefighters extinguished the blaze that burned the exterior of 133 Adams St on Tuesday night. Billings Fire sent four engines to the scene. Both the BFD and Billings Police Departments are investigating...
Inquest Into BPD-Involved Shooting Death
The Gazette reports on the coroner’s inquest that shows five police officers fired 74 shots in six seconds at 24-year-old Preston Bell as he tried to evade arrest in a Billings South Side cul-de-sac. Bell had crashed a stolen pickup into multiple vehicles during the Nov...
BPD on Twitter
Q2 reports Billings Police announced today they’ve gone live on Twitter and will no longer issue traditional press releases. Lt. Brandon Wooley said “All of our commanders will have the ability to send information or updates out on the Twitter platform… to ensure consist…
BPD Prepares for Trump Visit
President Donald Trump is coming to Billings on Thursday, and Q2 reports that Police Chief Rich St. John anticipates it will be all hands on deck for the BPD, in preparation for Trump’s rally at MetraPark. St. John said that while resources will be focused on the president&CloseCurly…
BPD Tech Charged
Q2 reports that the technician fired by the Billings Police Department for stealing drugs from evidence in February was charged Tuesday in Yellowstone County Justice Court with tampering with public records or information. 38-year-old Rawlyn Strizich admitted to stealing close to 1,000 pills collect…
Standoff Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
The man accused of shooting at two probation and parole officers before engaging Billings police in a standoff downtown earlier this month pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday at his arraignment.
60-year-old Michael Jeffrey Anderson was arraigned in Yellowstone County District Court Monday on two…
Amber Alert Canceled
The Gazette reports an amber alert issued early Monday was quickly canceled after a 16-month-old boy and his biological father were located at a Billings South Side residence, according to police.
On Monday morning, the Billings Police Department issued an amber alert after Christopher Joseph Getsdow…
BPD Disciplinary Problem
Before coming forward as one of three Billings police officers recently disciplined for sexual encounters on city property, former officer Paul LaMantia had been the subject of several complaints. LaMantia was first disciplined in 2009, after roughly five months on the job, and his disciplinary cita…

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