Terrell Police Department Administrative Captain and Public Information Officer Arley D. Sansom graduated from the FBI's National Academy Program at Guantico, Virginia, an elite training program for police officers and military personnel, earlier this month.
Sansom was one of 256 the officers graduating from the program on June 7 in a graduating class that included officers from 49 states and Washington D.C., 35 countries, five military organizations and seven federal civilian organizations. The program includes 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training. To take part, officers must be selected; the average service time of an officer completing the program is 21 years. Sansom's class makes up the most recent of the 52,026 graduates of the program since it began in 1935.
Sansom has been with Terrell Police Department for 32 years and has served in a number of difference capacities including patrol officer, D.A.R.E. officer/juvenile investigator, patrol corporal, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, SWAT team leader, SWAT commander, patrol lieutenant and captain of both patrol division and administrative divisions. During his tenure, he has received dozens of awards, commendations and certificates of recognition including a Mayoral Citation and a Chief's Accommodation Certificate.
Before joining the Terrell Police Department in January 1988, Sansom grew up in Sulpher Springs and graduated from Sulpher Springs High School in 1985. During his youth, he was an active member of the Shannon Oaks Church and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He received the Bible Scholarship of Outtanding Leadership for his work with Lads to Leaders and attended Abilene Christian University with a major in Biblical Studies. However, Sansom later transferred to East Texas State University (which is now Texas A&M University-Commerce) and studied Agri-Business until he joined the Terrell Police Department.
Sansom graduated from the North Central Texas Regional Police Academy in Arlington in March 1988. He holds a Master Peace Officer License, is a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) firearms instructor and an ATV safety instructor, and has completed thousands of TCOLE additional training hours.