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Yellowstone County, MT Arrest Records

What are Yellowstone County Arrest Statistics?

Yellowstone amassed 2,465 arrests over the past three years. During 2017, Yellowstone’s arrest rate was 542.80 per 100,000 residents. The county of Yellowstone is 26.55% lower than the national average of 739.02 per 100,000 residents. During that same year, 92 arrests were for violent crimes like murder, rape, and robbery. The county of Yellowstone also experienced 768 arrests for property crimes. When compared to Cascade and Missoula, Yellowstone is a more dangerous place to reside.

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  • 2,465Arrests in the county for the last 3 years
  • 542.80Arrest rate in 2017 per 100.000 population
  • 92Violent crime arrests

Yellowstone County Recent Arrest Trends

In Yellowstone, the most common crime is larceny/theft which accounts for 534 of the arrests in a year. The second most common crime in Yellowstone, is burglary, and the third most common is motor vehicle theft.

  • 534Larceny/Theft
  • 130Burglary
  • 104Motor Vehicle Theft

Violent Crime Arrests vs. Non-Violent

In Yellowstone, the most violent crimes committed are murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The county of Yellowstone has a higher rate of non-violent crime. During 2017, Yellowstone experienced 92 violent crimes and 768 non-violent crimes. When comparing Yellowstone to the national average of 739.02, Yellowstone is lower by 26.55% than the national average.

Yellowstone County Crime Rate from 2004-2017

Yellowstone County Police Records

Police records exist in different types of Sheriff’s Offices and in many forms. In most generally, Yellowstone county police reports may be obtained from the local county Sheriff’s Office. You can visit in person and request documents as county police records are available to the masses per the state laws and the Freedom of Information Act. The documents may include Yellowstone county police reports, Yellowstone county bookings and even images. These documents are related to when a person is arrested, booked, and incarcerated. First, they are questioned, and basic data is taken while someone fills out the report. Then the arresting officer takes pictures of the person, and they are put in a jail cell until they can make pay the fees. Some regions may charge a fee for a copy of police records. You may have to appear in person and may need to have the following facts for them to find your file:

  • Date and time of the occurrence
  • The location of the incident
  • Name(s) of those involved
  • Officer’s name and rank
  • Case number

This will help the administrator find the records you need.

Yellowstone county police records can reveal a lot of information about a person. A good type of police record might be a traffic incident report. Some reports are available to the public after a waiting period, such as 60-days.

Sometimes you can get copies of Yellowstone county police records by mail. Contact your local county Sheriff’s Office to inquire about requests and the payment.

Yellowstone County Mugshots

Yellowstone County mugshots have been taken since the 1800s, shortly after the development of photography. Then in 1888, a French policeman Alphonse Bertillon standardized the process and made it the norm. Many of these pictures are kept in a “mug book” to help witnesses and victims identify people.

Yellowstone county mugshots are the pictures taken of people upon arrest. Local police, Sheriff’s Offices, and other law enforcement agencies take them. Usually , the subject is photographed from the front (full-face view) and then the side (profile view). These Yellowstone county mugshots are stored with the person’s criminal record and police reports. They are used by victims, witnesses, and investigators to identify bad guys.

Typically , when a judge issues an Yellowstone county arrest warrant for other crimes , and the criminal does not show up in court, these mugshots are used to help locate the suspect.

Mugshots are readily show up online as they are public records. Information informational portals offer mugshots with other types of documents such as criminal records, arrest records and other court cases.

Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Sex Offenders

Police and arrest records will also include information on felonies, misdemeanors, and sex offenders. Since everything is readily available and connected, any past arrests will show up as well.

Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office

It is situated in Yellowstone county, Montana with a total number of 156 employees - 3 female, 49 male officers and 104 civilians. Yellowstone County SO ORI (Originated Agency Identifier) number is MT0560000, it belongs to the Mountain division in the West region with a region code of Region IV.

  • Agency Name: Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office
  • State: Montana
  • City: Billings
  • Type: County
  • Address: 2550 3rd Ave N
  • Phone Number: 406-256-2929
  • Website: http://www.co.yellowstone.mt.gov/

Police Departments in Yellowstone County

DepartmentAddressPhone
Billings Police Department220 North 27th Street(406) 657-8460
Laurel Police Department215 W 1st St406-628-8737

Yellowstone County, MT Jail and Inmate Records

YELLOWSTONE County has 360 jails with an average daily population of 432 inmates with a total of 394 jail population. When breaking down the YELLOWSTONE County jail population by gender, females are a minority compared to male prisoners and make 17% with 68 female and 336 male inmates.

  • 360Jails
  • 394Prisoners
  • 357 %Jail Rate

How Does Yellowstone County Inmate Search Work?

Yellowstone County inmate records are public files that anyone can acquire easily. The Freedom of Information Act governs the rules regarding Yellowstone county inmate records which provide a lot of useful insights about a person.

Yellowstone County Booking

Yellowstone county bookings are also helpful when looking for stats on whether or not a stranger has been arrested. When a perpetrator is arrested, the officer fills out paperwork and then holds them in a incarceration cell , which essentially becomes their Yellowstone county booking record. It may also include things like fingerprints, photos , physical details, their name, and address, officer in charge , the details of the crime, the location, and any trucks that were involved. The general public has the ability to get a copy of someone’s Yellowstone county booking records without any type of approval .

Yellowstone County Jail

Prisons and Jails in Yellowstone County

NameAddressPhone
Montana Women's Prison (MWP)701 South 27th Street406-247-5100
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