HPD officer John Sample graduates from FBI National Academy

Pictured are the members of the Alabama Delegation who attended the 265th session of the FBI National Academy. (Contributed)

Pictured are the members of the Alabama Delegation who attended the 265th session of the FBI National Academy. (Contributed)

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–John J.R. Sample, longtime law enforcement officer with the Helena Police Department and chief investigator with Shelby County District Attorney’s Office recently completed his graduation from the 265th session of the FBI National Academy, according to HPD and the district attorney’s office.

Sample, along with 229 other men and women law enforcement officers from 47 states, the District of Columbia, 24 international countries, three military organizations and four federal civilian organizations, attended the 10-week program at the FBI Academy at Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va.

“The FBI National Academy is internationally known for its academic excellence and offers training in advanced communication, leadership and fitness for selected officers having proven records as professional within their agencies,” read the district attorney’s release. “Training during the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff and special agents who are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.”

Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered. Sample was awarded his diploma by FBI Director James Comey.

Sample has worked with the District Attorney’s Office for more than 17 years and has been a law enforcement officer for more than 32 years, which also includes working for the Helena Police Department.

With his successful completion of training, he joins Helena Police Lt. Brad Flynn and Helena Police Capt. James Penhale as HPD officers who have graduated from the FBI National Academy. Helena Mayor Mark Hall is also a National Academy graduate.