Maj. Wells Nevill graduates from FBI National Academy
Sheriff’s Maj. Wells Nevill
Fauquier sheriff’s Maj. Wells Nevill graduated from the 279th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico on Friday.
The class included men and women from 49 states and the District of Columbia, along with law enforcement officers from 32 countries, five military organizations and eight federal civilian organizations.
The academy provides 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.
A Fauquier native and Warrenton, Maj. Nevill began his law enforcement career with the City of Richmond Police Department in 1997. Two years later, he joined the City of Manassas Police Department, where he started as a patrol officer and rose to the rank of sergeant in the Patrol and Criminal Investigations divisions and served as a public information officer and Community Services supervisor. He joined the Fauquier sheriff’s office in January 2016.
Maj. Nevill has served for more than 20 years in the Virginia Army National Guard. He is lieutenant colonel on the general staff of the 29th Infantry Division. He is a veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan and the counter-ISIS campaign.
He has also served on the Warrenton Planning Commission and the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission.
Maj. Nevill earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia in 1994 and a master’s in public administration at George Mason University in 2016. He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
FBI Academy instructors, special agents and other staff members with advanced degrees provide the training. Since 1972, the academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered.
Since its founding in 1935, the academy has graduated 52,795.
The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office has five academy graduates: Maj. Nevill joins, Lt. Col. Jeremy Falls, Capt. Mark Jones, Lt. Andy Marshall and Sgt. James Hartman.