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Sheriff attends FBI leadership course

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane recently completed the FBI's first-ever session of its National Command Course (NCC) in Stafford, Va.

Lane participated in the FBI Training Divisions Leadership Program Management Unit of the course. He was one of only 50 qualified candidates chosen from all over the United States to participate in the course. Candidates had to be police chiefs, sheriffs, police commissioners or directors of agencies with fewer than 50 sworn law enforcement officers.

Lane said the five-day NCC was a leadership seminar that covered such topics as media communications, futures of law enforcement, preventing targeted violence, body-worn cameras, officer fitness and wellness, weapons and ballistics, as well as legal matters.

In addition to the coursework, participants were given a tour of the FBI Academy campus and learned what resources are available to assist their law enforcement partners to prevent and investigate crimes in their local jurisdictions.

“It was truly an honor to be offered this opportunity to learn from the FBI,” Lane said. “This was the inaugural session of this training, which I was recommended for by our partners from the FBI's Eastern Oklahoma field office. The opportunity to attend this training is a testament to the relationships we continue to build with our state and federal partners through our office, which continues to enhance our abilities to solve crimes, bring fugitives to justice and protect the citizens we serve here in Sequoyah County.”

Lane further stated that “this training was at no cost to our department, and included our flight, hotel room and most meals throughout the week.”

The sheriff said that beyond the training course participants received, the opportunity to network with other law enforcement personnel was just as valuable. “Crime doesn't have boundaries, and oftentimes we need to reach out to other jurisdictions.”

While he was in Virginia, Lane said, he met other sheriffs and police chiefs from around the nation.

“It was a fantastic experience and I am honored to have been chosen to attend,” he said.

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