City promotes Steve Crawford to chief of police

The City of Bozeman promoted Steve Crawford to chief of police at a promotion ceremony held on May 29. Crawford, a 20-year veteran of the Bozeman police, was chosen out of a pool of 65 applicants for the position.

Crawford has served in various sectors of the department, including commanding the patrol division, the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the detective division, according to the Bozeman Police Department News.

While both the Bozeman Police and University Police share full jurisdiction over the city, the Bozeman Police Department is run out of the Gallatin County Justice Center and focuses on areas outside of MSU and its immediate area. Both departments work together patrolling the city and university.

According to a Bozeman Daily Chronicle (BDC) article, Crawford studied Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina, but spent a year at MSU as an undergraduate. Crawford looked back fondly on his time at MSU, saying to the BDC:  “That was my favorite year of college.” After graduating from USC, Crawford returned to Bozeman to start his career in the police force.