223 S.2nd Street
Hamilton, MT 59840 (406) 363-2101
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Hamilton Police Employment and Testing Information
The Hamilton Police Department offers a challenging and rewarding career as a law enforcement officer. Testing and hiring are done as needed to fill positions and the dates when we are accepting applications will be posted on our main page.
Current Salary and Benefit Information: (As of July 1st, 2014)
  • First year base salary: $20.44 per hour / $42,515.20 per year base
  • Annual 1% longevity raise
  • Association contract negotiated
  • Vacation - 120 hours per year (May increase for prior service years)
  • Sick Leave - 96 hours per year
  • Paid Holidays
  • Health Insurance - includes medical, dental, and vision
  • Retirement - Mandatory enrollment in the Montana Municipal Police Officers' Retirement System. Employee contributes 9% of their gross income, employer contributes 14.41%, and the state contributes 29.37%. Members are vested after 5 years of service. This is a 20 year retirement plan. For more information visit the MPORS website
  • Uniform and Equipment Allowance - Newly hired employees will be issued their initial uniforms and equipment by the department. After the first year, officers receive an annual allowance of $1000.00
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • $50,000 Life Insurance paid by the City
  • Reimbursement for gym membership
  • Additional compensation includes shift differential and overtime compensation. Compensation may vary due to rate changes and contract negotiations
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Citizen of the United States of America
  • 18 Years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent (college degree preferred)
  • Eligible for MT driver's license
  • No convictions for which imprisonment could have occurred in a federal or state penitentiary
  • Good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relation with supervisors, co-workers and the public
  • Interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Willingness to work with community

Applicant testing consists of both a written test and a physical abilities test.

The written test is a timed test consisting of four sections which includes multiple choice questions, reading comprehension, mathematical questions, and more.  


For the physical test  the Hamilton Police Department utilizes the Montana Physical Abilities Test (MPAT). Information on the MPAT can be found at the following link:




 Here is a video showing some of what the MPAT entails: