Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman on Tuesday spoke to students at the 253rd session of the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, during the Contemporary Issues in Police/Media Relations class.
During the talk, Chapman discussed high-profile cases that he worked while serving as a DEA special agent and compared them with some of the issues he faces as Loudoun’s sheriff. Loudoun does not have a countywide police department; the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office performs law enforcement activities in the county and sometimes assists the police departments in Leesburg and Purcellville.
FBI Special Agent and academy instructor Richard J. Kolko invited Chapman to speak. Kolko, who has worked as an assignment editor and producer at CNN, also worked in the FBI headquarters command post and made multiple overseas deployments in support of the investigation after the 9-11 terrorist attacks in 2001. In addition, he served as the chief of the FBI's National Press Office.
Participation at the academy, in operation since 1935, is by invitation only, through a nomination process. Participants are drawn from every state in the union, from U.S. territories, and from more than 150 international partner nations.