Peru – Recently, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter announced the promotion of Major Matthew Bilkey to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In his new assignment, Bilkey will serve as the Deputy Superintendent / Assistant Chief of Staff of Operations.
Prior to his new assignment, Bilkey, a 21-year-veteran of the department, served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Indiana State Police Logistics. Bilkey began his career at the Indiana State Police Lowell District, where he worked road patrol in Newton and Jasper Counties. In 1996, Bilkey transferred to the Peru District and was assigned patrol duties in Miami County. In 2000, Bilkey was assigned to the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section to serve as a detective. He was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and served as a field supervisor. Bilkey has also served as the commander for the Methamphetamine Suppression Section of the Indiana State Police.
From 2008 until 2011, Bilkey was the commander of the Indiana State Police Peru Police Post, which covers Cass, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton, and Wabash Counties. In 2011, Bilkey was promoted to captain and worked as the assistant commander of the Indiana State Police Operations Support Division, which is based at the Indiana State Police General Headquarters in Indianapolis.
During his career, Bilkey has been a member of the Methamphetamine Clandestine Lab Team and Tactical Intervention Platoon. He is a certified firearms instructor and field training officer.
Bilkey is a graduate of the 242nd session of the FBI National Academy, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. Bilkey completed 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training. Course work was instructed by FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees; many who are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. Coursework was designed to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders.
Bilkey is a graduate of Purdue University and holds a degree in liberal arts.