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The East Helena Police Department has a full time staff of five sworn officers, reserve officers, and one administrative clerk. 

The City of East Helena currently has a population of approximately 2,000 people and is continuing to grow. The Highland Meadows Subdivision is currently under construction on the north end of town, which will add 315 homes to East Helena. The homes are going to be built over time, with an expected completion date of 2026. Work is also being done on the Vigilante Subdivision which will add an additional 72 homes. As these homes are built and the population expands, the EHPD will need to grow to meet the increased demands.

In addition to all of the new homes being built, East Helena is now home to four schools in the East Helena School District. These include East Helena High School, East Valley Middle School, Prickly Pear Elementary School, and Radley Elementary School.

We also work closely with other law enforcement agencies such as the Helena Police Department, the Lewis & Clark County Sheriffs Office, and the Montana Highway Patrol to name a few. The Helena area is rapidly expanding, and East Helena officers can expect to frequently work alongside other agencies to serve our citizens and the surrounding area.

The East Helena Police Department is currently looking for more officers to serve the community. If you are interested in working for the East Helena Police Department, please read the job description and announcement and fill out the applications. Visit the Job Opportunities page for these documents and more information.

The hiring process consists of a number of steps required by state law which include:

Application screening

Written exam and Montana Physical Abilities Test (6:30min or less)

Panel interview

Background investigation

Medical examination

Psychological examination

Final interview with the mayor

Approval from the police commission

If you are successful with the hiring process, you will undergo a 3 month training program with the Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) as well as field training (FTO).

If you are an out of state applicant and are already a certified law enforcement officer, you will have to complete the legal equivalency course at the MLEA, followed by FTO.