According to a press release from the Bozeman Police Department, the City of Bozeman has appointed Jim Veltkamp as the new Police Chief for the Bozeman Police Department. Jim Veltkamp has been serving as the interim Police Chief and will assume the role immediately.

After conducting a nationwide search, receiving local input, and conducting several rounds of interviews, Jim Veltkamp was determined the best candidate for the position.

The city received a number of highly qualified applicants from across the country for this position, but Chief Veltkamp continued to shine. We are ecstatic to have him continue his career in the city. This process was thorough, transparent, and had significant engagement from the community. We’re confident in Chief Veltkamp’s leadership and ability to elevate the work of this department to the next level.

City Manager, Jeff Mihelich said.

Jim Veltkamp joined the Bozeman Police Department in 1999. Throughout his time in Bozeman, he has worked as a patrol officer, a drug detective with the Missouri River Drug Task Force, a patrol sergeant, the support services captain, and the patrol captain.

Veltkamp has had the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of projects focused on connecting the department and community, upgrading technology, improving the overall well-being of officers and staff, and addressing the rapid growth of the city and department during his time in Bozeman.

Jim is a graduate of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy, the Montana Executive Leadership Institute, the FBI National Academy, and is a member of the Montana Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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