Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Ralph Acquaviva, a 24 year veteran of the Agency and current commander of Property Management, graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va., on Dec. 12, 2008. His graduation marks the third active Charles County Sheriff’s Office employee to complete this prestigious training. Sheriff Rex W. Coffey said, “Throughout his career, Lt. Acquaviva has been a remarkable officer, consistently demonstrating solid police leadership. I’m proud of his accomplishments as they demonstrate true professionalism in this field.” 

According to the FBI Web site, “The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. The goal is to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world.”

Leaders and managers of state and local police departments, sheriffs’ departments, and military police organizations – representing over 35 countries and federal law enforcement agencies- are accepted in the program by invitation only after candidates are nominated for consideration. Lt. Acquaviva was chosen to fill one of three positions offered to the state of Maryland. His selection was based on many factors including tenure, physical fitness and management skills. “His ability to manage the Property Management Section – which oversees all property, the entire vehicle fleet, and uniforms and supplies for the Sheriff’s Office – has been superior,” said Sheriff Coffey.