Terrell Police Officer Captain Arley D. Sansom was added to the roster of FBI National Academy graduates.
Sansom was a part of 256 law enforcement officers that graduated on June 7 from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va. The 276th session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 35 international countries, five military organizations and seven federal civilian organizations.
Sansom began his career with the Terrell Police Department in January 1988. He grew up in Sulphur Springs and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1985. He was very active in the Shannon Oaks Church and Fellowship of Christian Athletes during his formative years.
“We would like to express our appreciation to Captain Sansom for his hard work leading up to and through this academy all while representing our City and Agency amid others from the entire nation,” The Terrell Police Department said.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers ten week of advance communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
Attorney General William Barr was the principal speaker at the ceremony.
After receiving a Bible Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership, for his work with the Youth Faith-based Public Speaking program Lads to Leaders, Sansom attended Abilene Christian University, with a Major in Biblical Studies. Later the following year, he transferred to East Texas State University studying Agri-Business where he continued his education until the time he took employment with Terrell Police Department.
Sansom attended the North Central Texas Regional Police Academy in Arlington, Texas, graduated in March 1988, and has served the City of Terrell his entire Law Enforcement Career.
The 52 year-old Terrell Police veteran has served the agency as a 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 the Patrol Division and Administrative Divisions, respectively during his near 32-year tenure with the Terrell Police Department.
Sansom holds a Master Peace Officer License. He has completed thousands of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement additional training hours. He is a TCOLE Firearms Instructor and ATV Safety Instructor. He has received dozens of awards, commendations and certificates of recognition during his service in Terrell, including a Mayoral Citation and a Chief’s Accommodation Certificate.
Sansom is a recent graduate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Session # 276. The commencement was in Quantico, VA, on June 7.
He is currently serving as the Administrative Captain/Public Information Officer for Terrell Police Department.
He is strong Second Amendment advocate, Harley Davidson Motorcycle and Jeep enthusiast. He further enjoys public speaking, horseback riding, and dog training. He also serves as a volunteer at Stone Point Church in Wills Point.
He has one son, Sadler Cole Sansom, 14, of Rockwall.