Montana Law Enforcement Academy instructor retires after 30 years

Posted at 10:19 AM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-16 12:19:32-04

After 30 years of service, Jeff Douglass retires from being a Montana Law Enforcement Academy Instructor.

Jeff began his career in 1990 as a Montana Highway Patrol trooper in Shelby, Montana. After 10 years as a trooper, Jeff transitioned to the Division of Criminal Investigation as a State DARE Coordinator in Helena. The division later managed the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and Jeff became a driving and physical training instructor for the next 20 years.

The 68-year-old says seeing young folks wanting to serve the public made the job rewarding.

“It's very rewarding to be an instructor for the State of Montana, because I get to deal with young people,” says Douglass. “Young men and women that have a desire to be law enforcement officers, and I believe in it, myself. I believe it's one of the best professions we could have. So rewarding, I'm not even looking forward to being away from it, but I know it's time to go do stuff with my family, my wife, and my kids, and just do some other things in life at my age.”

Photo Credit by MT DOJ