CHIPPEWA FALLS — A new Chippewa Falls police officer was sworn in Monday, bringing the police department to full staffing with 23 sworn officers.
Nathan Bowe was sworn in by Judge Steve Gibbs in a Chippewa County courtroom in front of officers, city council members, the Chippewa Falls Police and Fire Commission, and several county employees. Bowe recently graduated from the Chippewa Valley Technical College police program.
Police Chief Matt Kelm said Bowe must complete a 14-week course before he will begin going on patrol, but with Bowe on staff the department is back at 23 officers. The department has another officer also in training. Kelm said he now has been present at eight officer swearing-in ceremonies since becoming chief less than three years ago.
“It’s a great way to start a career,” Kelm said of the swearing-in ceremony. “I really appreciate the turnout.”