YORK COUNTY — The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office (YPSO) announced that one of its own has been selected to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Va.
Lt. Kris Ward will attend the prestigious 10-week course that is designed to teach students from across the country about how to improve the administration of justice in law enforcement agencies.
The session that Ward will be attending is the 281st to come through National Academy since 1935. The academy puts students through a rigorous curriculum of graduate and undergraduate courses that are credited through the University of Virginia and course work must meet the University’s standard.
Course subjects include: intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science.
There is also a challenging physical fitness aspect to the school that culminates in a 6.1 mile long obstacle course that has come to be known as the “Yellow Brick Road”.
Participation in the program is by invitation only after an officer has been nominated. Each session hosts around 265 officers from around the country as well as some international students.
Ward will be the seventh representative from the YPSO to attend the Academy. Most notably, York-Poquoson Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs attended the academy in 1995.