Crime Prevention Center
Crime Prevention Center Mission Statement
The Billings Police Department’s Crime Prevention Center is committed to improve the quality of life by building partnerships between the department and the community, empowering citizens through education, and promoting an environment of community responsibility where people act to prevent crime and enhance safety.
CPC Services & Programs
A representative from the Crime Prevention Center will come and speak to your group on a variety of topics, such as personal safety and active shooter situations. Check out the list of presentations and submit your request on our presentation page.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
CPTED focuses on the physical design of your neighborhood - fencing, lighting, plantings - to identify areas or elements that may have the potential to attract crime. Learn more about the CPTED approach to crime prevention and fill out a CPTED survey for your own property on our CPTED page.
The CPC has two main volunteer programs: Volunteer Patrol Unit and Report Writing. The Volunteer Patrol Unit is responsible for tagging abandoned vehicles in Billings and issuing non-moving violations everywhere except downtown. Report Writers are responsible for completing theft and vandalism reports where there are no suspects or evidence to be followed up on.
If you’d like to volunteer at the CPC, please fill out the volunteer application and return it to the Crime Prevention Center via mail, email, or in person. A background check will be completed before you are considered for a position. We ask volunteers to contribute roughly four hours per week for a minimum of one year.
CPC Fingerprint Service
The CPC also does fingerprints by appointment for those seeking background checks necessary for work licenses, employment backgrounds, or security clearances. Appointments can be made by calling (406) 247-8590. Each fingerprint card costs $20 (cash or check) and you must present a current picture ID. The number of fingerprint cards is determined by the requesting agency.
Download this packet full of useful and practical information about home and neighborhood safety.
Request a Speed Trailer
The Billings Police Department currently has three speed trailers that are available for deployment throughout the city. These radar speed trailers allow for rapid deployment into problem areas with the goal of increasing speed awareness and reducing traffic problems.
To request a speed trailer, please call the CPC at (406) 247-8590.
Use the Billings Police online reporting portal to report an abandoned vehicle within City of Billings. If the abandoned vehicle is outside of the city limits, please contact the Yellowstone County Junk Vehicle Division at (406) 652-2050.
Instructions and FAQs about the online reporting portal can be found here.
Crime Prevention Checklists
We're seeing increasing numbers of burglaries and thefts from vehicles. To help protect yourself and your property, please feel free to download and utilize our Burglary Safety and Theft From Vehicle checklists.