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President

Ryan Pearson

Ryan is a sergeant with the Havre Police Department, where he has served since 2009. No, he is not a dog—but when asked for a photo for the website this is what he sent.

Secretary

Alexis Berger

Alexis has been with the Missoula Police Department since August 2015.  He serves both on the executive board of the MPPA and also serves as the treasurer for the local police association in Missoula.

At-Large Director

Kaleb Larson

Kaleb has worked for the Great Falls Police Department for 6 years. He is an FTO and serves on the GFPPA board. He is active with the local Shop-with-a-Cop program and coaches Little League Baseball.  

At-Large Director

Myles Connelly

Myles Connelly is currently a Senior Patrolman with the Lewistown Police Department. He has been serving in law enforcement since 2015.

Past President

Anthony Hutchings

Anthony is currently a Sergeant with the Bozeman Police Department and has been working in law enforcement since 2005.  He is also the President of the Bozeman Police Protective Association.   

Vice President

Andrew Barton

Andrew has worked for the Helena Police Department since 2012. During this time, Andrew has also served on his local association board.

Treasurer

Scott Conrad

Scott is a Patrol Sergeant with the Billings PD where he has served for 25 years. He is in charge of Multi-jurisdictional Alcohol Enforcement Team and Chairman of the Family Support Network Committee.

Immediate Past President

Matt Sayler

Matt is an officer with the Butte-Silver Bow Police Department. He most recently served as MPPA’s President and has served on the Board for several years and represents MPPA on the POST Council.

At-Large Director

Scott Cope
Scott Cope has worked for the Red Lodge PD since 1994 and has held the positions of Patrolman, Sergeant, Captain, Assistant Chief and was acting Chief for 2.5 years.

Executive Director

Dan Smith

Dan has been in law enforcement for over 25 years. He worked as a patrol officer in Sidney and Lewistown before joining the Great Falls Police Department. Dan recently retired from GFPD to herd cats for MPPA.

OUR HISTORY: 
Serving Officers Since 1930

We are an association run by, and for, police officers. With more than 700 active members across our state, the MPPA is the foremost law enforcement organization in Montana.

  • 1930

    Police officers from around the state organized the MPPA to make the profession of policing better for every police officer. These courageous officers began a movement to make things better through legislative measures and collective bargaining.

  • 1955

    Life in policing was extremely difficult and the members of the MPPA saw an increased need to formalize the organization to set a firm foundation for the rest of us to build on. As a result, the MPPA was incorporated in 1955.

  • 1989

    The MPPA Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1989. The fund was created to assist children of MPPA members, retiree’s, or medically retired members and is still helping families across Montana mitigate the increasing expense of continuing education. 

  • 1991

    MPPA began providing death benefits to the families of fallen officers

  • 1998

    MPPA began providing legal defense services to its members through a PORAC Legal Defense Fund. PORAC provides MPPA members with access to a panel of experienced attorneys, no financial cap on benefits, and over $8 million in reserves. 

  • 2005

    MPPA established the MPPA Foundation—a tax-exempt non-profit organization—in 2005. The Foundation is dedicated to helping law enforcement officers and their families, and took over the administration of the MPPA Memorial Scholarship Fund at that time.

  • 2010

    The MPPA formed the MPPA PAC to engage in elections and support candidates that support the issues of importance to law enforcement officers.

  • 2021

    The MPPA is more active now than ever. Our member benefits range from providing legal defense, death benefits, and scholarships to training opportunities and legislative advocacy on behalf of our members.

Our Mission

01

Serve Montana Law Enforcement

Our primary mission and first priority will always be to serve the members of our law enforcement community in Montana. Our officers and their families have dedicated their lives to serving our communities—and we take returning the favor seriously.

02

Advocate for Our Members

Members of the law enforcement community in Montana face no shortage of challenges. From legislative attacks on officers’ retirement benefits to attempts to erode legal protections for officers, we believe it is an essential part of MPPA’s mission to fight for pro-law enforcement policies.

03

Provide Training Opportunities

Regardless of whether our members are part of a rural or urban police department, the lack of funding for (or availability of) training is often difficult to overcome. As a result, we have made it part of our mission to not only disseminate information about local trainings, but to actively host POST-certified trainings that are accessible to members of our association.

04

Support Police Families

Law enforcement families sacrifice a great deal in service to their communities, so we try to support them whenever possible. Whether if is contributing to the medical bills of an injured officer or providing scholarships to the children of officers, we realize that the sacrifices demanded by a career in law enforcement are not isolated to the officer, and extend to their family as well.

05

Give back

MPPA’s mission is to not only support our officers, but to give back to the community, which is why MPPA started the MPPA Foundation in 2005. The MPPA Foundation is proud to provide scholarship opportunities and charitable contributions to non-profit efforts such as the Special Olympics, CASA, the Montana Law Enforcement Museum, Operation Lifesaver, and many others. 

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