Step 1: Submit application. Applications and required additional materials (refer to posted job announcement) can be submitted on the City of Helena's employment page.
After submitting an application on the City of Helena employment page and meeting successful criteria during the review of the application, applicants will be contacted by the Helena Police Department in order to complete the next step in the hiring process.
Step 2: Testing. The testing portion will encompass a written test and a physical fitness examination.
The written exam requires a passing score of 70%. This is a 4-part test. You must pass each part to move forward in the process.
The physical fitness requirements are established through the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. You must pass both segments of this process to include the written and physical fitness assessment to be considered eligible and move forward in the hiring process.
Step 3: Interview. Once testing has been completed and applicants have passed both the written test and the physical fitness exam the applicant will then be contacted and scheduled for an interview with the interview panel (consisting of non-department and department members).
NOTE: An interview is contingent upon passing both exams.
New Officer Testing (NOT P.O.S.T. CERTIFIED): If you are currently NOT P.O.S.T. certified you are considered a "new officer". New officer testing/schedule is as follows:
- Saturday, January 27, 2024: Testing. Written test, physical fitness examination (must have a passing score of 70% on the written and pass the physical fitness exam to move on to the interviews) will occur on Saturday, January 27, 2024.
- Sunday, January 28, 2024: Panel Interview. Panel interviews will occur on Sunday, January 28, 2024. If you have successfully passed the physical fitness and written test you will be notified of your interview time.
Lateral Testing (MUST BE POST CERTIFIED): If you are currently a P.O.S.T. certified police officer we will be offering testing on a date TBD.