Douglas County Sheriff’s Capt. Rick Koontz Jr. graduated as a member of the 287th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., on Sept. 14.
“I would like to congratulate Capt. Rick Koontz Jr. on his recent graduation from the FBI National Academy,” said Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley, who graduated from the FBI National Academy Class 263. “Captain Koontz Jr. is the 18th member of the Sheriff’s Office to graduate from The National Academy. I am very proud of Rick and know that his experience in Quantico will help him serve the citizens of Douglas County.”
Nationally, fewer than 1 percent of law enforcement officers have the opportunity to attend the program.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
The 287th session consisted of 199 law enforcement officers from 46 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 21 countries, four military organizations, and three federal civilian organizations.
Koontz is the son of Rick Koontz Sr., who also served with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office before retiring in 2016.