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PORT ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT INTRODUCES NEW OFFICER
August 30, 2011
NEWS RELEASE  -  PORT ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT INTRODUCES NEW OFFICER
The Port Angeles Police Department is pleased to introduce Matthew Wolff as their newest sworn police officer.  Wolff was officially sworn in by Chief Terry Gallagher on July 11, 2011.
 
Matthew Wolff is a Port Angeles resident and 2001 graduate of Port Angeles High School.   Wolff served honorably in the United States Army as an intelligence analyst from June 2001 to June 2005, including a deployment to Iraq for over a year in 2003. He earned an Associate in Science Degree from Cascadia College in 2009 and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Peninsula College in June of this year.  
 
From late 2010 and through early 2011, Wolff completed a two-semester internship at the Port Angeles Police Department.   One of the objectives of the Police Department student intern program has been to attract and recruit college student for jobs in local law enforcement.     With his military service, education, and demonstrated skills, he has shown himself to be particularly well-suited for a career in law enforcement.  
 
On August 29, Officer Wolff will begin an 18-week “basic” law enforcement academy at the Criminal Justice Training Center in Burien, Washington.   This is an intensive program of classroom instruction, defensive tactics, field scenarios, and physical training that required for all entry-level law enforcement officers in Washington.   The basic academy will be followed by a 12 to 14 week field training and evaluation program at the Port Angeles Port Department.   He will be assigned to at least three certified field training officers and will be evaluated through the three “phases” of the program.  
 
Deputy Chief of Police Brian Smith, “We are proud of Matt and consider ourselves very fortunate to have him as our newest member of the Police Department.   His formal education, accomplishments while serving in the U.S. military, and work he completed as a student intern in the Police Department prepared him well for the next step in his law enforcement career”.
 
 
PORT ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
Brian S. Smith, Deputy Chief of Police
360-417-4902 / 360-912-0184
Email:  bsmith@cityofpa.us
Website:  www.cityofpa.us/policedept.htm
 
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