Helena Police Department Employment

The department employs both sworn and non-sworn positions. All of our non-sworn positions will be posted on the City of Helena Human Resource page. Please check there for any new positions throughout the whole city!

How to become a police officer:

All job postings will be posted on the City of Helena Human Resource Employment page. All police officer applications will also need to be submitted through this link.



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. 

The next step consists of the testing portion that will encompass a written test and a physical fitness examination.   The written exam requires a passing score of 70%.  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.

Once testing has been completed and applicants have passed both the written test and the physical fitness exam the applicant will then be scheduled for an interview with the interview panel (consisting of non-department and department members).

An interview is contigent upon passing both exams. 

Current HPD Testing dates are as follows:

~ Saturday, January 21, 2023 - Testing (written/physical)
   Sunday, January 22, 2023 - Interview Board (contingent upon passing both exams)

~ Saturday, February 25, 2023 - Testing (written/physical)
   Sunday, February 26, 2023 - Interview Board (contingent upon passing both exams)

**Lateral Officers that apply: Contact Captain Randy Ranalli at 406-447-8479 to schedule a testing time**


Interview & Hiring Process

Interview & Hiring Process

Interviews are a two-part process.  Once you have passed all of the above testing, an interview will be scheduled.  Applications will be reviewed and a panel will be assembled for oral interviews. Depending on where you rank for oral interviews you may be asked to come back for a final interview.

Once a final interview has been completed and a hiring list is compiled, a background investigation will be initiated. If candidates are successful in passing the background investigation, a Conditional Offer of Employment could be made, provided there are openings.

Upon acceptance of an officer position the candidate must perform and pass a medical physical, drug test, and psychological exam.

Training/Work Conditions

Training/Work Conditions

Field Training:

Newly-hired officers must complete a 12-month probationary period.

If not POST certified at the time of hire, officers must complete the 12-week Peace Officer Basic course at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.

All new officers must also successfully complete a 14-week Field Training & Evaluation Program where they are trained and evaluated by veteran department Field Training Officers through field work and daily patrol duties.

Work Conditions:

Patrol officers are assigned to a 4-day on/3-day off shift, working 10 hour shifts. Probationary officers may be assigned to any shift based on department needs and should expect to work all patrol shifts throughout their probationary period.

Officers are eligible to bid for a requested work shift after completion of their probationary period. Shift bids are for 6-month periods and are awarded based on seniority.

For further information on our hiring, application, or testing process please contact Captain Randy Ranalli at 406-457-8838 or by email at rranalli@helenamt.gov