Sheriff Sharp Graduates
From FBI National Academy
DECEMBER 13, 2010 -- Two hundred sixty-five law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia on Friday, December 10. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp was one of the 265 graduates.
Internationally know for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 11 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
The 243rd session of the National Academy consisted of men and women form 50 states. Included in the class were members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 22 international countries, four military organizations, and seven federal civilian originations.
Training for the program is provided by FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents and other staff members holding advance degrees -- many who are recognized internationally in their fields of experience.
Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered. A total of 44,280 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 26,768 are still active in law enforcement.
FBI Director Robert Mueller was the principal speaker the December 10 graduation ceremony.