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Brandon Murnion, Mark Kletke Graduate From the Montana Law Enforcement Academy

 

December 16, 2020

The Chinook and Havre Police Departments got a little bit stronger this past Friday after graduation ceremonies at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. Officer Mark Kletke, left, will proudly serve the city of Chinook and Brandon Murnion, right, will serve the citizens of Havre.

The Montana Law Enforcement Academy held a graduation ceremony for LEOB Class No. 173 this past Friday. Included amongst those officers receiving certificates were two fine individuals recognizable to many in Blaine County. Brandon Murnion and Mark Kletke completed the training.

The Law Enforcement Basic Course is 12 weeks long and for Murnion and Kletke that process began on September 15, 2020. Included in those 12 weeks of class instruction as well as 24 hours of online course study. One of the most difficult parts of the training was navigating through the course with Covid-19 protocols in place.

Murnion is a 2014 graduate of Chinook High School and has been working towards this goal for some time. Murnion began the journey as a detention officer in Hill County before making the decision to apply for a position with the Havre Police Department.

The Chinook and Havre Police Departments got a little bit stronger this past Friday after graduation ceremonies at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. Officer Mark Kletke, left, will proudly serve the city of Chinook and Brandon Murnion, right, will serve the citizens of Havre.

Murnion was hired by the Havre Police Department on August 4, 2020 and will return to duty Friday, December 18.

Kletke graduated high school in 2013 and then went on to serve the Washington State Patrol out of Olympia for two years. Looking for a change, Kletke then worked as a Fugitive Recovery Agent in North Dakota for three years.

Kletke was working as a salesmen at a car dealership when by chance Blaine County Sheriff John Colby stopped in, and through conversion made Kletke aware of a job opening with the Chinook Police Department. "I was hoping to sell him a car and he sold me on the idea of becoming a police officer in Chinook."

Kletke applied for and was later hired by the Chinook Police Department. He began serving the community of Chinook May 4, 2020. Following graduation from the academy Friday, Keltke wasted little time getting back on the job with his first shift the next day.

And in case your wondering about Sheriff Colby's visit to the dealership, Kletke responds, "No, he didn't buy the car."

 
 

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