A local law enforcement officer was greeted at home by the FBI academy


TAZEWELL, VA (WVNS) – A man from Tazewell County received a special welcome Friday, December 17, after spending nearly three months in Quantico.

After spending eleven weeks in Quantico to attend the FBI National Academy, Captain Jonathan Hankins of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department returned home with a sea of ​​surprises, smiles and celebration from his friends. , his family and his colleagues.

“Obviously when I pulled up I saw everyone and expected something to be done, but had no idea how many people there were and how much work was going on. they provided and it really overwhelmed me. I’m usually not at a loss for words, but I was a bit speechless, ”Hankins said.

The program is designed to match local officers with law enforcement experts from around the world and provide them with knowledge, new perspectives and tactics to bring back to their communities and for the benefit of their services.

Sheriff Brian Hieatt said in today’s world, continuing education is the key to law enforcement.

“With law enforcement, we have to stay on the cutting edge of everything from technology to how we work crimes, how we grid everything and how we look at what crimes are happening where and that’s the type of. training that he has received and that he is going to bring back to help our department keep moving forward, ”said Sheriff Hieatt.

Hankins is the first in Tazewell County to complete the program, something he never thought he would achieve,

He hopes he can be an example and a precedent for those who want to make their dreams come true.

“For someone in Southwest Virginia in Tazewell County, I hope I can be an inspiration to show people everywhere that you can do it, just because you are from a little girl. city. Define your dreams and chase them because I am no better than anyone and I was able to attend the FBI National Academy and if I can, you too, “Hankins said.

Although it has been a long and exhausting time to be away from his loved ones, Hankins said it was worth knowing that he can now serve his county even better than before.

After a well-deserved rest, Hankins will return to his usual duties within the department, eager to implement new ideas.

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