Montana Highway Patrol Recruiting for Ten New Troopers

The Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) announces it is currently accepting applications for ten new Troopers to begin training in April 2016. 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.

“The men and women of the Patrol function as the some of the most visible ambassadors of our department,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “Collectively, they drive more than five million miles each year and interact with thousands of Montanans and visitors to our great state along the way. I encourage eligible individuals interested in a professional law enforcement career to consider joining the ranks of the Montana Highway Patrol.”

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 21 weeks; training for lateral applicants is nine 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, “Our Troopers come from all kinds of backgrounds, from law enforcement and the military, to cattle ranching and carpentry. We look for individuals who can adhere to a strict code of behavior, maintain a high degree of personal integrity and discipline, and who enjoy public service. If that sounds like you, the Montana Highway Patrol can offer you a rewarding career while you help us 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, 2015.

For 80 years, MHP 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 at the national, state, and local levels.