Police Detective

Columbia Falls Police Department - Columbia Falls, Montana

Oct 13, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Nov 8, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$24.28 hourly

Job Description

POLICE DETECTIVE Detective applicants must be POST certified and have previous detective or investigation experience. Performs technical law enforcement

October 8, 2021

POLICE DETECTIVE Detective applicants must be POST certified and have prior detective or investigation experience. Performs technical law enforcement work as a uniformed (unless otherwise designated) Police Officer in the investigation of crime and the detection and prevention of violations of the law. Performs police patrol, investigation, traffic regulation, and related law enforcement activities. Applicants must be able to pass an oral interview, written exam, physical fitness exam, psychological exam, and an extensive background investigation. This is a full-time position with an entry wage of $24.28 per hour, and excellent benefits. To apply for the position complete and submit a Montana POST application (www.cityofcolumbiafalls.org) along with a resume, and three letters of job-related recommendations to the City of Columbia Falls. Attn: City Clerk Barb Staaland, 130 6th Street W., Columbia Falls, MT 59912 or email staalandb@cityofcolumbiafalls.com by the close of business on November 8, 2021.


Additional Information

Columbia Falls is located in the northwest corner of Montana and within 20 minutes of Glacier National Park, 15 minutes to Big Mountain Ski Resort, and minutes away from thousands of miles of National Forest land for recreation. Hunting, skiing, fishing, boating, mountain biking, and any other outdoor recreation is literally outside your back door.

The Columbia Falls Police Department serves a small, rural community of approximately 5,700 residents and is both appreciated and respected by the community it serves. Police work in Northwest Montana is certainly on the more quiet side, and the crime rate within the City is well below the national average. Our department looks for candidates that want to be involved in the community they police, enjoy the perks of working with a small, tight-knit group of professionals, and sincerely appreciate the perks of small-town policing.

Because we are a small department of 10 officers, the detective is expected to wear a uniform on a daily basis, perform school zone patrols, participate in proactive traffic enforcement when they aren't actively investigating felony crimes, and provide internal training to help grow the skills and investigative abilities of our patrol ranks.

As a department, city, and community, we hope you join us in serving as our police detective.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Experience: 36 months paid service as sworn police officer and POST certified

Desired Minimum Qualifications: General: Must be 21 years or older at the time of employment; must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation in and State; felony convictions and disqualifying criminal histories within the past seven years are not allowed; U.S. citizen; must be able to read and write the English language; must be of good moral character and of temperate and industrious habits. Education and Experience: (A) High school diploma or equivalent; and (B) Minimum of 36 months of full time paid service as a sworn police officer in a civilian government jurisdiction prior to application; and (C) Successful completion of State Basic Training Academy or Equivalency Test within one (1) year after employment. Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: (A) Considerable knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; considerable knowledge of investigative practices and procedures; considerable knowledge of proper methods of securing, handling, and preserving evidence; working knowledge to security clearance access to the law enforcement, court, state and Federal and other criminal history resources; (B) Skill in operating the tools and equipment listed below; and (C) Ability to analyze complex situations, problems and data, and use sound judgment in drawing conclusions and making decisions; ability to comprehend and articulate complex facts and relationships in detail and to summarize and write clearly, concisely and legibly, and to testify in court in an objective, concise, and professional manner; ability to produce or obtain reports, graphs, charts, photographs or the evidence or exhibits; ability to perform work requiring good physical condition; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with citizens, subordinates, peers and supervisors; ability to follow verbal and written instructions; ability to meet the special requirements listed elow; ability to learn the City’s geography. Special Requirements: (A) Must attend and pass any Department-required Detective-oriented training to include but not limited to: crime scene investigation, evidence collection, crime scene photography, and homicide investigation. Said training shall be provided by the department pending approval of the Chief of Police and will be dependent on budget and schedule requirements. (B) Must maintain certifications and training records required of the position. (C) Must possess, or be able to obtain by the time of hire, a valid State Driver’s License without a record of suspension or revocation in any state; and (D) Ability to meet Department’s physical standard.

Contact Information

Clint Peters

Columbia Falls Police Department
130 6th St W
Columbia Falls, Montana 59912-3609
phone: (406) 892-3226

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