Westville's top cop goes to school

Darin Mercer

WESTVILLE – Westville is a small town with a "cutting edge police department that is such an asset for this community," town council members said after the town's top law enforcement officer recently completed some top-line educational programs.

Chief Marshal Darin Mercer completed the Northwestern University Staff and Command course in March, and he also graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico on June 7.

Mercer was enrolled in the Northwestern University course from September 2018 until March 2019, according to Mike Albert, Town Council President.

Courses included Topics in Workplace Relations: Labor and Employee Relations, Human Resource Management, Introduction to Statistics, Principles and Practices of Leadership, Organization Behavior, and Strategic Planning and Management.

"Mercer has already started implementing some of the knowledge gained into the day-to-day operations of the Westville Police Department," Albert  said.

A few months later, the 276th Session graduation of the National Academy was held on the grounds of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. While new agents are typically synonymous with the FBI, the Training Division also instructs a diverse population of people, which includes, among many groups, law enforcement officers, according to Regina Ruddell, Town Council Police Liaison.

Attendees are chosen through a strenuous acceptance process with only a limited amount of participants meeting the requirements for inclusion in this very prestigious privilege, she said.

Mercer was nominated by the Westville Town Council and subsequently selected by the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI due to his "proven record of leadership, dedication, and professionalism within the department and the town of Westville," Ruddell said.

Training was provided by the FBI Academy training staff, Special Agents and other staff membedr. Mercer earned college credits from the University of Virginia for taking part in the academy.

“Darin will be able to develop new thoughts and ideas in his department to make the Westville Police Department a cutting edge department which is such an asset for this community," Ruddell said.

"We are fortunate we have a chief such as Darin Mercer who was one of the few chosen from a small community such as ours. That happened in part due to the quality law enforcement officer recognized in our Chief Mercer. His portfolio was one the FBI Academy was glad to offer one of its coveted invitations to for participation in their elite program."

Albert said he and the council are "extremely proud Darin's graduation from the FBI National Academy. Westville is blessed with the best small department in the area, and the intensive training that Darin has received over the past 10 weeks will be passed on to all of the officers under his leadership.”

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