QUANTICO, Va. — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) announces the graduation of Undersheriff Tyson Pogue from the 276th Session of the FBI National Academy-Quantico in Quantico, Virginia.
Undersheriff Pogue is an 18-year veteran of MCSO and currently serves as second in command.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers ten weeks of advanced, executive-level leadership training for officers who have been selected through their proven records as professionals within their agencies.
Only one percent of law enforcement executives are given the honor of attending one of the four National Academy sessions each year. Session 276 made history by having one of the largest classes since the inception of the academy in 1935. In addition, Session 276 had the most female and international students on record.
The National Academy consists of collegiate-level course work, coupled with a rigorous physical training program and several leadership/law enforcement presentations. The physical training program culminates in a 6.1-mile obstacle course and run called the ‘Yellow Brick Road.’ Those who complete the course are presented a coveted yellow brick.
“It was an honor to represent the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at the FBI National Academy,” says Undersheriff Pogue.
“This experience was the highlight of my career to date. I had the opportunity to learn from world-class instructors and was able to connect with top law enforcement leaders from all over the world. I’m extremely grateful to the FBI for the opportunity, as well as Sheriff Varney for allowing me to attend this prestigious training, and for the support of my family and co-workers.”
Undersheriff Pogue attributes his success to the support of his family, co-workers and role models. He explains that, without the patience and support of his family, he would have never made it through. He is excited to return to work and serve the community with his new training and experience.
“Less than one percent of American law enforcement is afforded the opportunity to attend the FBI National Academy,” notes Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney. “Undersheriff Pogue took full advantage of the academic, fitness and networking opportunities of his session. This experience will be useful to him throughout the rest of his career.”