Pittsylvania Co., VA - An investigator with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office was given the opportunity of a lifetime.
He was selected to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico. This is a prestigious training opportunity that only about 1% of law enforcement officers get to take advantage of.
Lt. Corey Webb says he was shocked when he got the call saying he had been nominated for the academy. He was even more shocked when he got his letter of acceptance.
Now that he's back on the Southside, he is ready to incorporate all he learned into his work.
Many law enforcement officers have heard of the FBI National Academy but very few are selected to go.
"President Hoover, he initiated the FBI academy, and he wanted local law enforcement officers to have federal training, " said Webb.
He geared up for the ten week program earlier this year.
During his time in Quantico, he took classes in Fitness, Leadership and Behavioral Science with other officers from 25 countries around the world. The participants soon developed a close bond.
"We still keep in contact, we still Skype. We became very good friends, " said Webb.
Webb, who has been with the Sheriff's Office for 20 years, said the hardest part of the academy was completing a 34 mile swimming challenge.
He finished with 50 miles instead.
"I know he was just a little bit nervous, but the rest of us weren't. We knew he would excel in the academy just like he excels in the workplace, " said Investigator Molly Motley.
Investigator Molly Motely has worked with Webb for three years.
She says everyone knew Webb would be the perfect fit for the job. Now they look forward to him sharing what he's learned.
"To have him with that knowledge and to be able to come back and break it down and feed it to the rest of us, it's very beneficial, " said Motley.
"When I look at a lot of the officers that we have that were eligible to go, and the Sheriff chose me, it is very humbling, " Webb said.
The folks in the Sheriff's Office are not the only ones getting to benefit from Webb's new level of expertise.
He also is a teacher in a regional academy that educates officers from other agencies. He plans to share his knowledge with them as well.