Helena Police Department Command Staff
Interim-Chief of Police Steve Hagen
Steve was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He joined the United States Air Force in January 1987 where he served at Malmstrom Air Force Base as a Law Enforcement Specialist until September 1991. He became a member of the Helena Police Department in October of 1991.
Steve graduated from the 79th session of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in 1992. He served as a patrol officer until he was promoted to Corporal in 2001 and then Sergeant in 2002. Steve worked his way through the ranks becoming a Lieutenant in 2007 and a Captain in 2012. Steve became the Assistant Chief in March of 2013 and the Interim-Chief on April 1, 2019.
Since becoming a member of the department, he has served as a patrolman, Selective Traffic Enforcement Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT, and Special Projects Officer. In 2011, Steve graduated from the 245th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Steve is married and enjoys spending time in Montana's great outdoors, hiking, hunting, and fishing.
Captain Curt Stinson
Curt joined the Helena Police Department in 1995. He was born and raised in Havre, graduating from high school there in 1990 before attending college and graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree from Montana State University in the fall of 1994.
Curt spent eleven years in the Patrol Division as a patrol officer, Corporal and Sergeant. Curt served as the lead firearms instructor for the department for 12 years and served as an administrative sergeant for three years coordinating the update to department policy and procedure.
Curt graduated in the inaugural class of the Montana Executive Leadership Institute at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in 2007 and attended the FBI Command College in 2009. He reorganized and chartered the Department’s Explorer Post with the Boy Scouts of America for high-school aged youth interested in careers in law enforcement or fire services in 2006 and served as that group’s adviser for 7 years.
After being promoted to Lieutenant in 2009, Curt spent three years as the commander of the Support Services Division, supervising the Records and Dispatch staff and programs. Curt oversaw the relocation of the city/county 911 Center to its new location in February 2012. Curt served as the commander of the Criminal Investigations Division in 2012 & 2013, and has been assigned as the Operations Captain since October 2013.
Curt is married to his wife Christine and they have three children - Brandon, Danielle and Taylor. In his free time he is involved in scouting with his children and enjoys camping and spending time with his family.