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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 (888) 223-6494.

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.


Private Investigation Cases Map for near Helena, Montana


Case Studies

  • Overseas Lost Person

    Private Investigator finds a lost person in an overseas country 01/24/2019

  • Locate Lost Person

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to locate a Subject that had been in a 3-year relationship with the Client. 01/17/2019

  • Child Custody Exchange

    ICS was contacted in an attempt to have an Investigator on site to witness the exchange of a child from father to mother. Due to the legality of the exchange, a verified witness was required by the Client to document a proper exchange to negate... 01/08/2019

  • Case Study: Infidelity investigation in a Resort City Like Dubai

    ICS was contacted by a Client in an attempt to verify if her spouse was engaging in acts of Infidelity while on a stay in a city much like Dubai. Investigators were dispatched. We had boot on the ground in the resort and reserved their stay. In... 10/01/2018

  • Case Study: Due Diligence investigation helps business move forward with new investors.

    The private investigator for ICS helped our client make informed decisions about their potential investigators. With this case study the efforts made by ICS thwarted the clients suspicion and made for better business dealing. 09/20/2018


Paper and Press Releases

  • Join our team of Qualified Parties

    There is simply no agency with an international footprint that takes better care of its private investigator talent. "Our solution is simple, take care of you like our own!" -Michael Rabern 08/29/2018

  • Teen Cyber Bullying

    Cyberbullying has become increasingly common, with the increased use of communication technology, especially among teenagers.
    12/07/2015

  • Cellphone Spyware

    Cellular Spyware is basically "phone surveillance". It is an app that has usually been installed by a third party on a cell phone that allows them to listen to or record conversations, track location and monitor all the data of the cell phone that... 12/07/2015

  • Workers Compensation Fraud

    Worker's compensation programs are compensation plans for the victims of all job-related injuries.  When an employee gets hurt on the job, the employer is liable for medical expenses, lost income and other expenses until the employee has healed... 12/07/2015

  • ICS Will Not Do Cheating Decoy Investigations

    International Counterintelligence Services (“ICS”), a leader in the private investigations industry takes a strong stand against Cheating Decoy Investigations. 12/07/2015




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Jurisdictional, Licensing, and Regulation Concerns

Montana

The requirements for becoming a Private Investigator in Montana are generally straightforward.
Reference Website: http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/psp_board/board_page.asp

Contact Information:
Website: http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/psp_board/board_page.asp
Email: dlibsdpsp@mt.gov
Board of Private Security Patrol Officers and Investigators, 301 S Park, Room 430 PO Box 200513, Helena, Montana, United States, 59620-0513
Phone: (406) 841-2300
Fax: (406) 841-2309

Associations:
MAPI - Montana Association of Private Investigators and Secuirty Operators

Citation Statute:
Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Website: http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/psp_board/board_page.asp

Qualifications Requirement:
Submit the following documents to the Board office in order to complete your license application.
All documents must be copied to a standard page size of 8 ½” x 11”. All documents not in
English must be accompanied by certified translations.

• Completed application and attached photograph.
• Copy of driver’s license or birth certificate for proof of age.
• Copy of birth certificate, United States passport or Immigration green card for proof of
citizenship or permanent legal residency.
• Copy of high school diploma or equivalency.
• Proof of 3 years (5,400 hours) of Experience/Education. (A combination of experience,
education and training may be used to meet the experience requirement, but education and
training may not exceed ½ the experience required.)
1. 3 years of full-time experience engaged in the private investigative business;
2. Employed as a private investigator or having held a certificate of authority to conduct a private investigate business; or
3. Having been an investigator, detective, special agent, or peace officer of a city, county, or state government or the United State government. Self-employment
must be verified by tax returns. (1 ½ years experience as a licensed insurance
investigator may be applied toward the 3 years of experience required for a
private investigator.)
4. Proof of education and training submitted with the application to meet the 3 years experience requirement may include transcripts; diplomas; seminar certificates; course completion certificates; or other supporting documentation.
5. 6 months of the experience requirement may be met by successful completion and verification of the basic course at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.
6. A combination of experience, education and training may not exceed ½ the
experience required.
• Current Certificate of Insurance with the Montana Board of Private Security listed as the
certificate holder and indicating a minimum of $500,000 per occurrence of commercial
general liability which includes personal injury. If licensed with armed status, private
investigators shall be covered by liability for firearms coverage.
• Applicant must have three references pursuant to ARM 24.182.501(5).
• Copy of a current firearms certification, if you are requesting Armed Endorsement.
• Completed Verification of Licensure form, if you hold or ever held a professional/occupational
licenses in another state or jurisdiction.
• Copy of your DD 214, if you have served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Reciprocity: Montana does not have reciprocity agreements with any other states.



Testing: $20 Examination Fee

Fees: Application fee $250.00
Examination Fee $20.00
Optional Armed Endorsement: $50

Renewal Information: Annual Renewal
Renewal Fee: $175.00 renewal fee

Forms:
http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/psp_board/pdf/app2.pdf









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