Loudoun County, Va. (June 17, 2015) – Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman is proud to announce that Major Mark Poland graduated from the 260th session of the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.
Major Poland was one of 218 veteran law enforcement officers who graduated June 12, 2015, from the 10-week program. This session included men and women from 47 states, 20 international countries, including five military organizations and three federal civilian organizations.
Major Poland is a 19-year veteran of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. He began his career as a deputy in Field Operations. He has worked in the agency’s gang unit, the narcotics section, criminal investigations and internal affairs. He was promoted to Major in March 2014. Major Poland is currently the division commander of the Field Operations Division.
“This program increases the professionalism of our leadership staff and enables the agency to network with other large law enforcement agencies everywhere,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman “Participating in the FBI National Academy program is part of my goal to continue to improve service, efficiency and professionalism in the agency,” added Sheriff Chapman.
Major Poland is the 23rd member of the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office senior staff to have graduated from the FBI Academy since 1970, when then-Sheriff Robert W. Legard completed the training with the 86th session. Major Poland is the tenth member of current senior staff members who have graduated from this prestigious academy.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, offers 10-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.
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.