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Yates Deputy Davis graduates from FBINA

Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike is pleased to announce the graduation September 16, 2011 of Chief Deputy Howard Davis from the FBI National Academy. FBI Director Robert Mueller, was the principal speaker at the ceremony and presented Davis with his graduation certificate. Sheriff Spike attended. Davis was among two hundred forty-nine law enforcement officers graduating from the academy program at Quantico, Virginia. The 246th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 46 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 28 international countries, three military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. US Marine Corps band provided music for the graduation ceremony. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI training academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, leadership, 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 FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. National Academy students earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many administrative and public safety related courses offered.The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, James D. Previtera, Colonel, with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa, Florida. A total of 45,031 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 27,519 are still active in law enforcement work, including local graduates Sheriff Spike and Sr. Investigator Michael Christensen from Yates County.Chief Deputy Davis commenced his law enforcement career in Schuyler County in 1979 and achieved the rank of Lieutenant before joining the Yates County Sheriff’s Office in 1995 as a deputy sheriff. He has had civil service promotions to Youth Officer and to his present position of Chief Deputy, the third highest rank in the Sheriff’s Office. He oversees the Law Enforcement Bureau, agency-wide training, and professional standards, and discipline. Additionally he is the agency Dive Master for the USRT. He resides in the village of Dundee with his wife Lisa and son.

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