Academy Staff

B. S. Degree Organizational Management and Development from Bluefield College

General Instructor, Firearms, Advanced Defensive Tactics, ASP/Expandable Baton, Patrol Rifle, Less Lethal Devices Instructor, Chemical Agents, American Health and Safety Institute Instructor, ALERRT/ERASE/CRASE instructor

Member Virginia Association of Directors of Criminal Justice Training

Virginia State Trooper 10 years, 4th Div Tactical Team, Honor Guard Detail

Deputy Director of the Academy 18 years

Auxiliary Officer with Galax Police Dept for 17 years

Currently an Auxiliary Deputy with Carroll County Sheriff's Office

Joseph Thacker

Assistant Director

General Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, ASP Baton Instructor, Impact De-escalation Instructor, Fair and Impartial Policing Training Instructor, Crisis Intervention Training Instructor, Simunitions Instructor, ERASE Instructor, CTS Chemical Munitions Instructor, SFST Instructor, Pepperball Instructor, Taser Instructor, Flashbang Instructor, and LawFit Instructor.

Waynesboro, Va PD - 1 Year

Staunton, Va PD - 4 years

Staunton City Sheriff's Office - 1 year

UVA PD - 4 years

VA DOC Academy for Staff Development - 3 years

Montgomery County, Va Sheriff's Office - 5 years


Shawn Mulgrew

Training Coordinator

General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Driving Instructor, CTS Chemical Munitions Instructor, Baton Instructor, FEMA Instructor, and LawFit Instructor

Notary Public

New River Valley Regional Jail- 7 years