Welcome to the Patrol Division

Patrol Division:

Our patrol division is made up of 53 sworn officers, starting with the Chief and working its way down the chain of command. 

Do you need an officer? You may call our dispatch center (non-emergency) line at 406-457-8866.

The Captain in charge of Patrol is Randy Ranalli (457-8838). He may also be reached by email at: helenapolicedepartment@helenamt.gov

Animal Control and Urban Wildlife Officers:

We have one Animal Control Officer, Roy Tanniehill. We also have one Animal Control/Urban Wildlife Officer, Sean McCarthy. Either of them may be reached at the dispatch center (non-emergency) line at 406-457-8865.  They can also receive email at: helenapolicedepartment@helenamt.gov if you have any questions regarding any Animal Ordinances within in the city limits.


We have one Evidence Technician, Rachel Dickie. Her phone is 406-447-8468. Rachel may be reached by email at: helenapolicedepartment@helenamt.gov She only has property that has been recovered within the city limits. Please contact her regarding your property that she may have.

Please Note: Property will only be released on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only.

Evidence Release Request

Found Property:

If there is something listed that may be yours please contact our Evidence Technichian. You must have some kind of proof that the property belongs to you. After 90 days of being posted these items will be disposed of.

Found Property: (posted 10-11-22):

  • NEXT - Gauntlet
  • DYNACRAFT - Gauntlet
  • DYNOCRAFT - Charman
  • HYPER - Havoc
  • SCHWINN - Ranger
  • SCHWINN - Sidewinder
  • HYPER - Havoc

Criminal Investigations:

Assistant Chief Cory Bailey oversees the investigation division. He may be reached at (447-8486) or by email at: helenapolicedepartment@helenamt.gov. The Sergeant in charge of investigations is Adam Shanks (457-8829) or by email at: helenapolicedepartment@helenamt.gov

Other detectives in the investigations division consist of an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Detective, Violence Against Women (VAWA) Detective, and two general detectives.  Should you need to speak with them please call our Administration line at 406-447-8479 and you can be directed to the correct person.

Helena Citizens Academy

The Citizen Academy is an eight-week program for Helena residents and is designed to teach civilians about various aspects of law enforcement in the context of the criminal justice system.  Most importantly, the Helena Police Department wants to continue to enhance the collaboration and partnership between the community and its Police Department.  By allowing citizens a firsthand look at the Police Department and how its operations are handled, citizens take away a better understanding of the police role in the community and produce informed citizens. 

The Citizen Academy is designed to be interactive and involves lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, and an environment for open discussion.  Topics are to include but not limited to the following:  patrol operations, DUI enforcement, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, Police K9 demonstration, Swat operations, and the drug task force.

Academy classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. The sessions are conducted by our own HPD Officers and our partners that assist in a supporting role in law enforcement.