Virgil Young, Jr.

Mr. Young currently serves as an International Program Manager at the Police Foundation. He assists in managing a multi-year US State Department Grant to increase 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 US 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. In the New York City Field Office, he worked primarily organized crime investigations and then served as a squad supervisor for two years. After being transferred to FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in Washington, DC 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 covers three-fourths of Virginia. In 1990, Mr. Young was transferred back to FBIHQ as a member of the FBI’s Senior Executive Service. For the next 3 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 covers 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 became a contract assessor for CALEA in 1998 and was later approved as a team leader. As a contract CALEA Assessment Team Leader, he led assessments of more than 50 law enforcement agencies, public safety communications centers, and public safety training academies throughout the US as well as in Canada, Mexico and Barbados. He has led 12 CALEA assessments of Mexican agencies. He is also active with the Law Enforcement Accreditation Coalition of Tennessee (LEACT) and has used LEACT protocols to conduct more than 40 mock assessments, including 14 mock assessments in Mexico.

Before beginning his law enforcement career, Mr. Young earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas. During his FBI career, he graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA; the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA; and the FBI’s Executive Development Institute at the FBI Academy. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from Long Island University.


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