Mike Harvey is the executive director of the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy in Fredericksburg, Virginia, responsible for training over 2,800 law enforcement professionals from 60 different criminal justice agencies. He ensures that all standards for basic level training are met and provides required continuing education that allows officers to maintain their certifications and advanced training in crisis management and emergency response. “I oversee a staff of 15 and rely on a volunteer cadre of about 300 adjunct instructors in order to accomplish our mission,” he says.
Mike’s law enforcement career began after high school when he joined the United States Army. In 1997, he became a certified law enforcement officer in Virginia and has worked in a number of command level positions. “I was able to obtain these positions in large part because I decided to continue my education,” he notes.
Mike earned an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Forensic Psychology, and upon graduating, immediately began working toward his advanced degree. Mike earned a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Washington, D.C., in 2012. “My degree from Argosy University helped me to secure my current position as the Executive Director of the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy.”
His dedication and experience also earned him the prestigious honor of attending the FBI National Academy in 2013. “This is the premier law enforcement academy in the world and less than 5 percent of law enforcement officers ever get to attend.”
Mike chose Argosy University, Washington, D.C. because he wanted a program that could accommodate his busy schedule as a working dad. “I wanted to be able to complete my degree while still having time for my family and work. Argosy University's blended schedule seemed to fit what I was looking for perfectly.” He enjoyed the flexibility of weekend, blended, and online classes and notes that he received continued support from his advisor, instructors, and peers. “I made connections which will last me a lifetime.”
Mike adds that when he began working toward his Master’s degree, his goal was to provide therapy to law enforcement officers. “As I moved through the program and began providing more workshops, I realized I could reach more officers by training and education.” He ultimately decided that he could best serve the law enforcement community by providing the training and resources to officers who find themselves in need of extra support.
In addition to his full time position, Mike is also a former Board Member of the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault and on the Statewide Faculty for Crisis Intervention Team.
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