Montana Department of Justice - MONTANA HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPER

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Job Overview

Department Montana Department of Justice
TypeEntry Level
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Helena, MT

Job Announcement

Montana Department of Justice, MT Police Jobs

Join the team committed to serving Montana with honor!


We are seeking ten professional candidates who are looking for a career and an opportunity to serve the State of Montana.

FYI - The Montana Highway Patrol participates in the VA Education Benefits Program.

Currently, we are accepting Entry-Level Trooper applicants as well as Lateral-Level Trooper applicants.

For Entry-Level Trooper candidates, the Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course will begin March 31st, 2024, in Helena, MT. The start date for selected candidates is March 25th, 2024.

During the Basic Academy, all uniforms, weapons, gear, housing, and meals are provided (except for days off). After graduating from the MLEA Basic Academy, candidates will move on to the MHP Advanced Academy for an additional 12 weeks of training in Boulder, MT.

For Lateral-Level Trooper candidates, the MHP Advanced Academy will begin June 24, 2024, in Boulder, MT. All uniforms, weapons, gear, housing, and meals are provided (except for days off). Out of state laterals will need to attend a Legal Equivalency (LEQ) course as well as Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) during the weeks of April 1st - April 12th. Lateral candidates will receive compensation for this training at $21.58 per hour.­

During the academies, candidates are considered a State of Montana employee and are eligible for State of Montana benefits and will receive compensation at $21.58 per hour.

After successfully completing the MHP Advanced Academy, candidates will be sworn in as Troopers. Upon being sworn in as a Trooper, the minimum starting pay is $26.98 per hour. After successful completion of a Trooper’s probationary year, the minimum pay is $28.30.

Initial screening will take place on November 3rd. Candidates successful in the initial screening process will be eligible to participate in the written testing. The written testing will be administered virtually. Candidates eligible to continue in the process will be provided testing dates via email. The tentative dates for the virtual testing are November 15th - November 22nd.

Candidates passing each phase may be eligible to proceed to the next phases in the selection process. The next phases include a one-on-one interview, job suitability testing, additional paperwork completion/supporting documents, backgrounds, and conditional offer testing. Correspondence regarding testing will be sent via email due to the number of anticipated applicants.

The Montana Highway Patrol is divided into 7 districts across Montana. The MHP will ask for your desired work location and make every effort to place you there. Although there is a possibility you may be stationed in the district you desire, it is not a guarantee. The agency must prioritize needs to ensure efficient operations and optimal resource allocation.

For more detailed information regarding the duties, working conditions, physical demands, and competencies, please view the MHP Homepage at

Minimum Qualifications:

At the time of application, the candidate must:

  • Be 18 years of age.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Possess a high school diploma or a state-issued equivalency diploma.
  • Possess a valid driver's license and meet the qualifications to operate a department vehicle, which is required by state and department policies.
  • Lateral-level applicants must possess a current Basic Law Enforcement POST Certificate (from Montana or another state) within the last five years.

The position requires the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Utilize active listening and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to multi-task and process information quickly.
  • Adhere to the Montana Highway Patrol code of conduct and oath of office.
  • Maintain and model high standards of integrity and ethos.
  • Be reliable and dependable in performing job-related tasks.
  • Tolerate a high degree of stress and remain calm under emergent and emotionally-charged situations.

Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:


To be considered for this position, you must attach arésumé _at the time of application.

Tip: When attaching your resume, you must mark the attachment as a “Relevant File.”

Your RésuméPlease include all work experience as well as job duties that demonstrate your qualifications for this position. Include dates of employment (month & year- start & end) and the reason you left each job.

Incredible State of Montana benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Highway Patrol Officers' Retirement Plan
  • Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP)
  • Additional 457b Deferred Compensation plan
  • Generous paid vacation, sick and holidays
  • Pre-tax Flexibility Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Work/Life balance

State of Montana employment may qualify for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.


Closing Date (based on your computer's time zone): November 2, 2023, 11:59:00 PM

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Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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