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Bringing home federal-level law enforcement skills

PORT ORCHARD — North Kitsap resident and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office chief of detectives and support services division David White has recently returned to duty following graduation from the FBI National Academy program.

White graduated Dec. 16, 2005 from the academy in Quantico, Va. and was one of 246 members of the national academy’s 223rd session, consisting of law enforcement professionals from 47 states, the District of Columbia, 23 countries, three branches of the U. S. Armed Forces and three federal civilian organizations.

White was nominated by KCSO Sheriff Steve Boyer to attend, and was one of four from Washington state sent to the academy.

“Selection, by itself, to attend the FBI National Academy is a most significant professional accomplishment,” Boyer said. “Having Dave return as a graduate fulfills one of my primary goals since coming into office — to prepare our commissioned personnel for command-level responsibilities as they advance in grade and, as such, to be sought by other agencies as chief executives.”

The academy, designed specifically for law enforcement professionals, provides graduate level instruction in advanced investigations and police management. It is 11 weeks long and is administered through the University of Virginia.

“There are so few people that have the opportunity to have a class or academy like this to improve your management skills for the sheriff’s office,” White said. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Aside from the training, White was also able to meet with other law enforcement personnel from around the country, expanding his networking circle of professionals from the industry. Such contacts can be helpful down the road, he said, noting that if the county was working on a case that led to New Mexico or Texas, it would have contacts there. It also helps to continually strengthen the relationship between the federal, state and county law agencies, White added.

White joined the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office in October 1980, following graduation from Washington State University with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice. He spent the first five years on patrol, followed by an eight-year tour as a detective. He was promoted to corporal in 1993 and held assignments as patrol corporal and civil division corporal until his selection for sergeant in 1999.

In 2000, White established a new sergeant’s position in the Office of Professional Standards, until 2003 when he was advanced to the grade of lieutenant and transferred back to the patrol division.

White was then promoted to the position of division chief Feb. 1, 2005, and assumed the duties as chief of detectives and support services. Additionally, he was an original member of the critical incident response team, established in 1996, and later re-titled as the KCSO regional Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). Along with a multitude of other responsibilities, White has held the collateral duty position as SWAT commander since 1999.

White graduated from the former West Bremerton High School and earned an associate’s degree from Olympic College. He lives in Poulsbo with his wife and son.

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