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If you need a private investigator in Helena to assist you with a discreet, confidential private investigation please fill out a Private Investigator Free Consultation. Our private investigators are committed to providing affordable, reliable service in Helena and report their results in a timely, accountable manner. Contact us today to begin your case.



Local Helena Private Investigation Services

ICS provides a full range of investigation services for the City of Helena and all surrounding metropolitan areas. Submit a free online private investigation consultation form, or call our toll free number to speak to a private investigator at (800) 828-9198.

A private investigator in Helena must be fully licensed in order to conduct any investigations legally. As a requirement, an applicant must fill out an application with the Montana Board of Private Security and pass an FBI and Montana Criminal fingerprint background check. Montana also requires private investigators in Montana to have a high school diploma.

You can rest assured that any Helena Private Investigator assigned to your case with ICS are fully licensed and insured in accordance with Helena laws and participates in any required continuing education.

Helena Private Investigator

Despite being one of the largest States in terms of total area, Montana boasts a population of only one million people. Crime rates are lower as a result of the population being spread out so much. Violent crimes are reported at 2.67 incidents per 1,000 people, below the national median of 3.9. Property crimes average 23.2 incidents per 1,000 people, also below the national median of 29.1. Even being the 4th largest state, Montana averages only 26 annual crimes reported per square mile, compared to a 39.6 national median. The capital city of Helena is rated as safer than 18% of the cities in the U.S., despite having 4.72 violent crimes and 32.67 property crimes reported annually per 1,000 residents. These numbers indicate a need for supplemental law enforcement from private investigators, who are able to devote greater time and resources to solving more complex and difficult crimes.

The State of Montana has stringent requirements for becoming a licensed investigator. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, a legal or permanent U.S. resident, and have a minimum of 3 years (5,400 hours) of related experience/education. You also must be honorably discharged from any branch of the United States military and have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. There is also a written exam.

How to become a Private Investigator in Helena

  1. Applicant must be 18 or older and obtain an Investigator Trainee or 21 for a full investigator license. You must be a US Citizen to become licensed.
  2. Trainee's must have a minimum of 3 years experience working for a private investigation firm. Applicants can use 18 months of experience as a law enforcement or peace officer. Post secondary education may also be used towards the 18 months.
  3. All applicants must pass a multiple choice test called the Private Investigator Board examination with a minimum of 70%
  4. Obtain at least $500,000 of general commercial liability insurance.

Helena Private Investigator Restrictions

In order to conduct private investigations in Helena, all private investigators must comply with local and federal laws.

  • Impersonate Law Enforcement - Private Investigators in Helena cannot carry a badge, wear a uniform or say anything that might imply that the private investigator is a police officer or federal agent.
  • Make an Arrest - Private Investigators in Helena cannot legally make an arrest. If there is evidence that suggests an arrest should be made the investigator should contact law enforcement.
  • Wiretapping - Wiretapping is illegal without a proper warrent. Private Investigators cannot tap a phone.
  • Trespassing - Private Investigators cannot break and enter onto private property.

Helena Background Investigation

Do you need a background investigation conducted in Helena, Montana? Do you live in Helena, Montana but need a background investigation elsewhere? ICS can provide clients an abundance of information through a background investigation. Often times, a background investigation is all a client needs; in other circumstances, a background investigation is simply a small part of a much larger investigation. Call ICS to inquire about a background investigation and how our private investigators can help.

Helena Missing Persons Investigation

Has a friend, relative or child gone missing in Helena and the police haven't been able to locate them? ICS offers missing persons investigation services in Helena as well as anywhere else the missing person may have traveled to. ICS has been finding and locating individuals since 1967.

Helena Cheating Spouse Investigation

Are you beginning to suspect your partner is having an affair or cheating on you? ICS can put the doubt, confusion and suspicion at ease by finding out the truth with a cheating spouse investigation. ICS has been conducting cheating spouse investigations since 1967 and has the knowledge and experience to perform an investigation that will find the evidence you need to make an educated decision. Infidelity can be an emotional roller coaster. Don't let your personal intuitions deviate you from finding out the facts. Call ICS today for a free consultation in taking the next step to gaining piece of mind.



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