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By Jeremy Burnham
The Journal 

Police Profile Series: Ritzville's Matt Carlson

Officer grew up in Ritzville and Odessa areas

Series: Police Profile | Story 3

Last updated 2/12/2020 at 4:12pm


RITZVILLE - Matt Carlson grew up here.

But if you told him he'd be back working as a police officer, even he may be surprised, not about being a police officer though.

He knew he was going to be in law enforcement since he was a teenager, but he never imagined it would be in his hometown.

In fact, Carlson knows the moment he made the decision.

"I was 16 and I went on a ride along with the Washington State Patrol here in Ritzville," Carlson said. "It made me want to be a police officer."

Carlson said he was excited to get an up-close look at what officers do.

"It was a pretty good night,"...

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