About Us

About Us

The Whitefish Police Department is here to serve you.  We are pleased to use this medium to assist us in serving the community.  We are dedicated to providing the public with highly professional police services, with the  welfare and safety of our citizens as our primary goal.

We currently provide many services to the public including: patrol and investigative functions, narcotics investigations, a school resource officer, security at special events, special patrols in high traffic accident and high crime areas, as well as bike patrol.

The WPD employs a total of sixteen (16) sworn officers and three (3) civilian personnel.  We also have a Chaplaincy Program that includes four (4) area Chaplains who work with us on a volunteer basis.

Our mission, community policing, can only be accomplished if we are empowered by our citizens through effective communications and community involvement.  The department seeks input from our community and request your assistance so we can serve you in an efficient and professional manner.  We welcome your suggestions, constructive criticism, and compliments to help us better serve you.

Meet Chief Dial

Bill Dial has been a law enforcement officer for over 30 years. He started his career with the Illinois State Police where he worked as a patrol officer, undercover drug agent, and criminal investigator. He rose through the ranks to command two drug task forces and the Bureau of Training for the Illinois State Police. He became the Administrative Commander of a suburban Chicago Patrol District comprising over 100 troopers.

In 2001, Bill became the Chief of Police in Whitefish. In 2007, he was granted a leave of absence to serve a year in Afghanistan as a contractor, teaching Afghans modern policing. During his time in Afghanistan, he was promoted to Deputy Contingent Commander and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of 650 police trainers and a half billion dollar budget.

He has served as the Vice President of the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police and as a member of the Montana Citizens Advisory Committee to Corrections.

Bill has a Master Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University and is a graduate of the Illinois State Police Command College. Prior to becoming a police officer, Bill taught high school for nine years. He is an avid hunter, skier and races annually in the North American Police Ski Championships, a fund raiser for Special Olympics.

He and his wife Jo Ann, a professional writer, have two children and three grandchildren.

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