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Local Law Enforcement Officers Complete MECC's Professional Leadership Academy
Posted Date: 11/22/2013

2013 PLABig Stone Gap, VA – Local criminal justice leaders from throughout Southwest Virginia made up the seventh graduating class of the Professional Leadership Academy, a partnership between the Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy in Bristol, Virginia and Mountain Empire Community College.
The Professional Leadership Academy is led by Robert England, MECC Professor of Criminal Justice. The six-month cohort-based program transfers into the Corrections and Police Science programs at Mountain Empire Community College. The correctional and law enforcement supervisors participating completed 120 hours of training, including a leadership project, before graduating from the Leadership Academy with their certificate.
For more information about the Professional Leadership Academy, contact Robert England at (276) 523-7465 or

Back Row, l-r Robert England(MECC), Tom Dula(Washington County SO), Danny French(Wise PD), Jonas Riley(Wise County SO), John Hankins)Tazewell County SO), Kim Birchfield(Gate City PD)
Front Row, l-r Will Haskins(Tazewell Regional Jail), Derrick Ruble(Tazewell County SO), Billie Laney(Wise County SO), Shannon Yost(Tazewell County SO), Cliff Perrigan(Haysi Regional Jail), Landon Hurley(Haysi Regional Jail)