DOJ: News Release

Olson to Lead Montana Law Enforcement Academy

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath Friday announced the appointment of Kevin Olson as the administrator of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. Olson, 43, is the chief of police in Havre.

“Kevin has the perfect experience and background for this position,” McGrath said. “We’re lucky to have him join the academy.”

Olson was appointed Havre’s chief in 2000. He worked for the Havre department from 1981 until 1987, then was an agent in the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation from 1987 until 1989. He rejoined the Havre Police Department in 1989. He also worked one year as a police officer in Chinook, from 1980 to 1981.

In 1997, Olson studied criminal justice education at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. He has participated in a variety of Montana Law Enforcement Academy programs as a student and instructor.

Olson will start work at the MLEA on March 8. His salary will be $57,000 per year.

The MLEA is located just outside Helena in the old Mountain View School. More than 2,000 officers and other criminal justice personnel take part in academy programs each year.

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