DOJ: News Release

Highway Patrol Active Recruiting Open Until February 16

HELENA – The Montana Highway Patrol is recruiting for officers for training to begin in July.

“We always hope the MHP force reflects the makeup of the state. We encourage women and minorities to apply, and this year, we’re encouraging people who may be looking to make a career change to consider the Patrol,” Col. Paul Grimstad said.

The Patrol accepts applications only during active recruitment. The law enforcement basic training course begins in July and the deadline for applications is February 16.

Grimstad noted that the Patrol is continuing to implement changes made during the 2005 Legislature, increasing the number of troopers on the road and making their pay competitive with local law enforcement agencies.

For details about testing and other requirements, Grimstad said interested candidates can contact the Patrol’s recruitment office toll-free at 1-877-8-PATROL (872-8765) or contact Montana Job Service offices.

Grimstad said that in addition to basic traffic safety and enforcement, the MHP offers training and opportunities in crash investigation and reconstruction, firearms, police vehicle operations, special events support, executive protection, hazardous materials, safety education and other specialties.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have either a high school diploma or a GED. They must be U.S. citizens and must be Montana residents at the time they are sworn in as officers. Other requirements include a valid driver’s license and three years of driving experience.

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