Police Volunteers

HPD Volunteers

What is Volunteering with the Helena Police Department?

Volunteer programs with the Helena Police Department provide qualified civic-minded individuals with the opportunity to assist the HPD in carrying out its community responsibilities. Volunteer members of the HPD can make a public safety contribution to their community in many ways.

Why Volunteer?

  • to make a difference in the community
  • to gain valuable experience and build a resume
  • to work alongside HPD officers, detectives, and staff
  • to expand and improve job skills
  • to explore potential career options

Eligibility Requirements:

Anyone wishing to volunteer, must meet the following requirements:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • have a high school diploma or the equivalent
  • live in the greater Helena area
  • meet the HPD qualifying standards for background suitability investigation
  • have the skills needed and identified by the HPD
  • have a good attitude and helping spirit
  • make a commitment of at least six months


Anyone wishing to Volunteer must fill out an application and pass a criminal background check. Allow at least one week for the processing of applications. 

Montana Code Annotated:

Montana Code Annotated 

Title 7. Local Government

Chapter 32. Law Enforcement

Part 2. Reserve and Auxiliary Officers

7-32-201. Definitions. As used in this part, the following definitions apply:

(1) "Auxiliary Officer" means an unsworn, part-time, volunteer member of a law enforcement agency who may perform, but is not limited to, the performance of such functions as civil defense, search and rescue, office duties, crowd and traffic control, and crime prevention activities.

Police Volunteers are restricted from the general law enforcement duties of a sworn law enforcement officer. 

For further information, visit www.leg.mt.gov/bills/mca.