Montana Department of Justice - Montana Highway Patrol TROOPER

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Job Overview

Department Montana Department of Justice
TypeEntry Level
Job TitleMontana Highway Patrol TROOPER
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Helena, MT

Job Announcement



We are seeking 10 professional candidates for an April 2023 Academy. The Highway Patrol Division is the traffic law enforcement division of the Montana Department of Justice and is responsible for the enforcement of criminal and motor vehicle and highway safety laws on highways according to state and federal statutes, as well as the investigation of traffic crashes.

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

Choose where you want to live and work in Montana! Applicants who are successful in the selection process and offered employment to attend the Academy will be allowed to select duty station assignments (pending final approval from the Chief of the Patrol). These assignments will be assumed after successful completion of the Academy and Field Training Assignment.



  • At the time of application, the applicant 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 or personal vehicle for department business, which is required by state and department policies.
  • 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.
  • Be reliable and dependable in performing job-related tasks.
  • Tolerate a high degree of stress and remain calm under emotional emergency conditions.


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 three years


2. Possesses a current Basic Law Enforcement POST Certificate (from Montana or another state) within the last three years

For lateral applicants: A successful lateral applicant’s training and experience will determine whether a lateral applicant qualifies for the 11-week MHP Academy. Out-of-state lateral applicants are also required to attend an additional two weeks of training (Legal Equivalency Course per MCA 7-32-303 and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing per MCA 61-8-404).




To be considered for this position, you must attach a cover letter and résumé at the time of application.

Tip: When attaching your cover letter and resume you must mark each of the attachments as a “Relevant File." Please refer to the Patrol's website (applicant information section) for helpful hints in preparing your cover letter and resume.

Your Cover Letter: How do your qualifications and experience directly correlate to the duties of this position and what makes you the best candidate for the job? What can you bring to this position?

Your Résumé: Please 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.



Amazing State of Montana benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Retirement plan - Highway Patrol Officers' Retirement Plan
  • Additional 457b Deferred Compensation plan
  • Generous paid vacation, sick and holidays
  • Pre-tax Flexibility Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 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): Oct 3, 2022, 11:59:00 PM

Please direct questions regarding this position to

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.

Applicants are responsible for checking their email and logging into their PoliceApp, PublicSafetyApp, FireFighterApp or EmployementApp account to monitor for emails, scheduling and process updates.

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