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Reserve Officer Training  

In 2013 Helena Police Chief Troy McGee dedicated his assistance and staff support to Helena College in developing a reserve officer training program. His vision was to provide qualified citizens with an opportunity to be involved in their local law enforcement agencies.
The program is intended to educate students in a professional setting, while interacting with current and former law enforcement officers as instructors in the classroom.

7-32-213. To be appointed a reserve officer, a person:
• Resident of MT for at least 1 year and of the county for at least 6 months prior to appointment
• Must be a US citizen, at least 18 old, with HS diploma or equivalent
• Must consent to be fingerprinted and pass a background investigation
• Pass a physical exam 30 days prior to appointment
• Possess a valid MT driver’s license

7-32-214. Basic training program required.
A reserve officer may not be authorized to function as a representative of a law enforcement agency performing general duties after 2 years from the original appointment unless he/she has satisfactorily completed a minimum 88-hour training program including the following:
• introduction and orientation — 1 hr • police ethics and professionalism — 1 hr
• criminal law — 4 hrs • laws of arrest — 4 hrs
• criminal evidence — 4 hrs • administration of criminal law — 2 hrs
• communications, reports, records — 2 hrs • crime investigations — 3 hrs
• interviews and interrogations — 2 hrs • patrol procedures — 6 hrs
• crisis intervention — 4 hrs • police human and community relations — 3 hrs
• juvenile procedures — 2 hrs • defensive tactics — 4 hrs
• crowd control tactics — 4 hrs • firearms training — 30 hrs
• first aid — 10 hrs • examination — 2 hrs
If you are not being sponsored by a police or sheriff department, a $50 application fee (non-refundable, non-transferable) is due upon submission of your application. Click here to download. Once your application is accepted, the fee will be applied towards your tuition, which is DUE IN FULL one week before class begins. Application deadline is 10 days before class start (September 9).

2019 Course dates and times

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, September 20 - October 6; 8am to 7pm.
Tuition: $415. Student must provide own pistol and ammunition.

Need more information?

Coordinator Christy Stergar – phone 406-447-6945 –

Students traveling from outside the area are responsible to make their own arrangements for room/board. You may be eligible to board at Fort Harrison. Information on pricing and availability here.


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