The Montana Department of Justice is an equal opportunity employer.
This is a recruitment for both entry and lateral applicants. An entry-level applicant has not graduated from the MLEA Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course in Montana and does not have any previous law enforcement experience. A lateral applicant meets one of the following requirements: 1. has graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) Law Enforcement Officer Basic Course within the last five years OR 2. possesses a current Basic Law Enforcement POST Certificate (from Montana or another state) AND has been employed as a full time sworn peace officer position within the last five years.
Training will be conducted in Helena. This recruitment is for the following stations to include but not limited to: Culbertson, Hardin, Sidney, Terry, AND other unknown stations throughout the State.
1. Complete a Montana State Application Form on-line or submit a hard copy to the department’s address on this announcement.
2. Your application materials will be used to evaluate your written communication skills.
3. For BOTH entry and lateral applicants, a resume MUST accompany application in order to be considered.
4. Requested documents must be submitted with the application. These may be attached to the on-line application form, or mailed, faxed, or emailed to the agency (addresses located on this announcement).
ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLOSING DATE of April 22, 2013.
5. Lateral applicants will NOT be required to submit their POST documentation at this time in the application process. Lateral applicants will be asked to submit the certification LATER in the selection process.
6. The selection procedures to be used in evaluating the applicant’s qualifications may include, but are not limited to, an evaluation of the application, a structured interview, physical fitness testing, performance tests, and reference, background, and credit history checks.
7. All applicants will receive notification of their status in the process. We anticipate this correspondence will be sent from the Patrol’s office (via e-mail) the week of April 29, 2013.
8. Candidates successful in the initial screening will be eligible to participate in regional testing. Regional testing will be a two-day process. The first day will consist of the written testing, pre-employment interviews, and physical fitness testing (MPAT). A candidate must pass each phase to proceed to the next phase on the first day. Candidate scores will determine those candidates eligible to participate in the second day. The second day will consist of a panel interview, job suitability testing, and completion of additional paperwork.
Anticipated dates and locations for the Regional Testing are:
Great Falls - Tuesday, May 7, and Wednesday, May 8
Missoula - Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11
Billings - Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 15
Bozeman - Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18
Successful applicant(s) will be subject to:Credit CheckCriminal History Background CheckDriving Record Check
TYPICAL DUTIES: The Highway Patrol Division is the traffic law enforcement division of the 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.
Recruitment results will be utilized to fill training positions for Troopers in September 2013 (December 2013 for lateral applicants). Troopers must successfully complete the law enforcement academy training and once appointed, will be on probation for one year. Academy training is located in Helena. The academy is a resident academy. During the academy, cadets receive compensation at $16.984 per hour, uniforms, housing, and meals (except for days off). Cadets must have the ability to adhere to a strict code of behavior and maintain a high degree of personal integrity and discipline. After training, assignment can be made to any vacant station in Montana OR to one of the vacant stations listed earlier in this listing.
Minimum starting pay is $21.23 per hour upon being sworn in as a Trooper. Troopers are members of the MPEA Union #036.
For more detailed information regarding the duties, working conditions, physical demands, and competencies, please view the MHP Homepage for the Trooper position description.
QUALIFICATIONS: At the time of application, the applicant must possess a high school diploma or a state-issued GED; must possess a valid driver’s license and meet the qualifications to operate a department vehicle or personal vehicle for department business, required by state and department policies.
Successful out-of-state lateral applicants must also complete the Montana Law Enforcement Legal Equivalency Course.
Education/Experience Please see http://doj.mt.gov/highwaypatrol/recruitment-applicant-info/ for all requirements for these positions.