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Mike Samp, assistant chief of the University of Wyoming Police Department, received a wide range of specialized training during his recent 10 weeks at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
He was 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.
"The training gave me an opportunity to enhance my skills as a leader, network with other law enforcement administrators and be exposed in a classroom setting to new ideas that will improve the service our department provides to the university community," says Samp. "Our goal as a police department has always been to provide a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff, and the best way to do that is to stay up to date with best practices in our profession."
"Nomination to the academy is a rare accomplishment, as graduates comprise only one-half of 1 percent of all law enforcement personnel," Troy Lane, UW police chief, says.
The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study 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.