Starting July 01, 2007 the Montana State Legislature approved funding for a full-time Helena Police Officer to be assigned to the State Capitol Complex. The main reasons for this action are to provide a visible deterrent through uniformed/armed police presence and to protect employees, visitors and customers within the Capitol area. The officer also provides an efficient initial response to major threats and emergencies. Some of the other duties/responsibilities of the Capitol officer are developing pre-incident response plans and implementing training to State employees in regards to those plans along with conducting criminal investigations.

The Capitol position is currently being held by Senior Officer Gary Herbst. He can be reached at (406) 444-4465 or by email at gherbst@helenamt.govgherbst(at)helenamt.gov.