Virgil Young

Virgil Young, Jr.

International Programs Director

International Programs Division


In his role as the Interim Director of International Programs at the National Police Foundation (NPF), Mr. Young’s primary responsibility is to manage a multi-year U.S. State Department cooperative agreement beginning in 2016 with a goal of improving law enforcement in Mexico by increasing the number of Mexican criminal justice agencies that are accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

After graduating from college, Mr. Young served as a U.S. Marine infantry officer before joining the FBI as a Special Agent to begin his law enforcement career.  From 1970 to 1980, he was assigned to the FBI’s Detroit, San Francisco, and New York City Field Offices. During his eight years in the New York City Field Office, he primarily worked organized crime investigations, and then served as a squad supervisor for two years.  After being transferred to FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in Washington, D.C., in 1980, he served in supervisory and lower management positions in the Criminal Investigative Division and the Inspection Division.  In 1987, he was named the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Richmond, VA, Field Office, which covered three-fourths of the state of Virginia.  In 1990, Mr. Young was transferred back to FBIHQ as a member of the FBI’s Senior Executive Service.  For the next three years, he served as the chief of various sections in the Identification Division and the Criminal Justice Information Services Division.  Throughout that period, he coordinated FBI activities with local, state, and federal criminal justice agency representatives on various national criminal justice advisory boards.  During one assignment, he directed a section charged with responsibility for development of the National Crime Information Center 2000 project, the National Fingerprint File of the Interstate Identification Index, and the Felon Identification in Firearms Sales Program, among others.  In 1994, Mr. Young was named the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Field Office, whose territory covered the eastern half of Tennessee, and remained in that position until his retirement in 1998.  After retiring from the FBI, Mr. Young began consulting on security and law enforcement matters, which has taken him all over the US, and to several foreign countries.

Mr. Young also became a contract assessor for CALEA in 1998 and was later approved as a team leader.  As a contract CALEA Assessment Team Leader from 1998 until he began working for NPF, he led assessments of more than 50 law enforcement agencies, public safety communications centers, and public safety training academies throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico and Barbados.  Among that number were 12 CALEA assessments of Mexican agencies.  He was also active during that period with the Law Enforcement Accreditation Coalition of Tennessee (LEACT) and used LEACT protocols to conduct more than 40 mock assessments, including 14 mock assessments in Mexico.

Areas of Focus

  • Program management
  • Law enforcement agency administration and operations
  • Law enforcement agency accreditation to international standards

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