MHP Recruiting for 10 New Troopers
The Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) announces it is currently accepting applications for ten new Troopers to begin training in April 2017. MHP is the traffic law enforcement division of the Montana Department of Justice and is responsible for the enforcement of motor vehicle and highway safety laws according to state and federal statutes, as well as for the investigation of traffic crashes.
“Montana’s law enforcement professionals are her true heroes, and that most certainly is true of our Montana Highway Patrol Troopers,” Attorney General Fox said. “Last fall, 364 applicants answered the Patrol’s call for ten new recruits; the reputation of this agency and our Montana way of life makes Trooper recruitment a highly competitive process as men and women from all across the country seek to carry on the Patrol’s legacy of service and honor.”
MHP is recruiting for both entry and lateral applicants. An entry-level applicant has not graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course in Helena and does not have any previous law enforcement experience. A lateral applicant has graduated from the MLEA Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course within the last five years, or has a current Basic Law Enforcement POST Certificate from Montana or another state and has been employed in a full-time sworn peace officer position within the last five years.
MHP Academy training for entry-level applicants is 23 weeks; training for lateral applicants is 11 weeks. Successful out-of-state lateral applicants must also complete the two-week Montana Law Enforcement Legal Equivalency Course, preferably prior to the MHP Advanced Academy, or within the first year of employment. After successful completion of the Academy, new Troopers may be sworn in as a Trooper and stationed in vacant traffic stations as they become available throughout Montana. If there are not sufficient vacant stations available, graduates will be placed on a reserve list until vacancies occur.
MHP Colonel Tom Butler said, “For 81 years, the Patrol has worked to reduce the amount of criminal activity on all Montana highways and roads by apprehending fugitives, recovering stolen vehicles, confiscating illegal drugs and weapons, cooperating with all enforcement task forces, and sharing intelligence with partner law enforcement agencies. We’re looking for individuals who are interested in helping us in these efforts as we work to make Montana safer for all.”
Interested individuals are encouraged to visit MHP’s website for further details and application instructions: https://dojmt.gov/highwaypatrol/. For more information about the Trooper selection process and requirements, contact MHP at 1-(877) 8-PATROL toll-free or (406) 444-3259. The deadline to apply is October 14, 2016.