Written by Al Stover
Joey Olsen, an officer of the Wolf Point Police Department, has been accepted into the Montana Law Enforcement Academy Officers Basic Training Course #151. He will start training, Sept. 16.
Olsen, who began working for the WPPD in December 2012, said he knew he would be attending the training course once he finished his probationary period.
According to Montana Law Enforcement Academy’s website, officers in Montana must complete the basic training course offered in their respective professions within a year of their hire. Some of the courses taught in the program include patrol operations, traffic enforcement and police proficiencies.
“It’s exciting to go there and learn things that I haven’t learned so far,” Olsen said.
Olsen’s father, Butch Olsen, was a graduate of the basic training course’s first class. According to Joey Olsen, his father was a member of the Montana Highway Patrol and then became the juvenile probation officer for Roosevelt County.
“I knew I couldn’t get in trouble [when I was younger],” Olsen said. “If I did, then I knew I would be in big trouble.”
Joey Olsen said what drove him to law enforcement was he respected his father and what he did in law enforcement.
Prior to joining the police department, Joey Olsen, a 2006 graduate of Wolf Point High School, studied physical education and history at University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., for five years. He said that while he had always intended to be in law enforcement, he considered being a physical education teacher in case becoming a police officer fell through.
Joey Olsen is expected to return to Wolf Point Dec. 16. Wolf Point Police Department Lieutenant Brian Erwin said Joey Olsen is a strong, productive member of the community.
“We’re looking forward to getting him off, getting him trained and bringing him home,” Erwin said.