UWPD Assistant Chief to Attend FBI Academy

January 6, 2010
Police officer by police vehicle
Mike Samp

Mike Samp, assistant chief of the University of Wyoming Police Department, has been selected to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

For 10 weeks beginning in April, he will be among 250 officers from around the nation and world attending graduate college courses such as law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication and health/fitness.

Officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, and they share ideas, techniques and experiences with each other.

"Nomination to the academy is a rare accomplishment, as graduates comprise only one-half of 1 percent of all law enforcement personnel," says Troy Lane, UW police chief.

The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide.

Samp began his UW police career in 1997 as a patrol officer. He developed and supervised the field training officer program and was a member of the Laramie Police Department special response team. He was promoted to sergeant in 2000, coordinated training and scheduling and served as UWPD custody and control instructor. He also was guest instructor at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy and was promoted to UWPD detective in April 2008.

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