Helena Police Department Police Applicant Information

Information To Know Before You Get Started

The Helena Police Department is a member of the Montana Law Enforcement Testing Consortium (MTLETC). The purpose of the Consortium is to provide a combined testing process for multiple Montana law enforcement agencies which will create a qualified applicant pool of candidates.

Basically this is a one-stop shopping for the police applicant to apply with multiple (participating) police agencies. MTLETC will conduct testing in different locations around the state at different times throughout the year (click here for testing schedule). The MTLETC and the HPD allows eligibility for 18 months from the date of testing. Details on the application process and how to register.  The Helena Police Department only recognizes applicants who are on the MTLETC hiring list.

To Begin The Application Process

All candidates who wish to test for the Helena Police Department must complete and pass a written exam and physical fitness assessment. The written exam requires a passing score of 70%. The physical fitness requirements are established through the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. The exam and assessment is conducted and proctored by members of the Consortium with support from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.

Here is a video and related article of Captain Roger Johnson of the HPD demonstrating the physical fitness assessment (MPAT).

For your convenience, it is not necessary for you to take the test in Helena. Please refer to the Consortium schedule for testing locations and times. At the conclusion of the testing cycle, all Consortium members receive a final list of those eligible.

You must pass both parts of this process, to include the written and physical fitness assessment to be considered eligible

You must also complete and submit a Peace Officer application to the City of Helena.

Interview & Hiring Process

Interviews are a two part process. Once you have passed all of the above applications will be reviewed and a panel will be assembled for oral interviews. Depending on where you rank for oral interviews you may be asked to come back for a final interview with Chief McGee.

Once you have interviewed with Chief McGee the list is compiled and background investigations will be initiated. If candidates are successful in passing the background investigation, a Conditional Offer of Employment will be made provided there are openings.

Upon acceptance of an officer position the candidate must perform and pass a medical physical and a psychological exam.

A Few Details About Us

Newly-hired officers must complete a 12-month probationary period, after which officers are eligible for assignment to a variety of special details, including Motorcycle Patrol, School Resource Officer positions and many more.

If not POST certified at the time of hire, officers must complete the 12-week Peace Officer Basic course at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and obtain POST Basic Certification.

Officers must also successfully complete a 14-week Field Training & Evaluation Program where they are trained and evaluated by veteran department Field Training Officers through field work and daily training and evaluation.

Detailed Salary & Police Benefits

Helena Police Association Labor Agreement

Work Conditions

Work Day: Patrol Officers are assigned to a 5-day on/3-day off shift rotation, working 9 hour shifts. Probationary officers may be assigned to any shift based on department needs and should expect to work all patrol shifts throughout their probationary period.

Shift Assignment: Officers are eligible to bid for a requested work shift after completion of their probationary period. Shift bids are for 6-month periods and are awarded based on seniority.

For further information on our hiring, application, or testing process please email Assistant Chief of Police Steve Hagen or call him at 406-447-8487.

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