Sheriff Tony Spurlock is pleased to announce that Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth has graduated from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia, on December 19, 2014. Sheriff Spurlock said the education and knowledge that Undersheriff Nicholson-Kluth received at the FBI NA is invaluable and will enrich her management skills, providing even better leadership of the office, which in return gives the citizens of Douglas County more effective and efficient services.
Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said “The knowledge I gained there and the unbelievable contacts I made from agencies around this country and others from around the world have already been invaluable to me. I so appreciate the FBI, Marine Corp., and the other federal agencies involved, as well as Commissioner Weaver and Sheriff Spurlock for making this possible for me.”
Two hundred and fifteen law enforcement officers graduated today from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 258th session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 26 international countries, three military organizations, and four federal civilian organizations.
Internationally known 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.
FBI Director James Comey, was the principal speaker at the ceremony.
Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.
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.
The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Michael Dahl, Captain, with the Washington State Patrol, in Olympia, Washington. A total of 47,898 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 16,233 are still active in law enforcement work.