Capt. Hampton Taylor, commander of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department’s major crimes unit, has graduated from the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

“Hampton’s completion of this prestigious national program will benefit the Sheriff’s Department and help us continue to provide our citizens with excellent law enforcement service,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “The National Academy gathers law enforcement leaders from around the world to learn and train together for 10 weeks, not only elevating levels of expertise but also building relationships between agencies.”

Koon said the National Academy is a once-in-a-lifetime leadership and educational experience that less than 1 percent of the world’s law enforcement officers are able to attend. The program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication and forensic science.

Taylor joined the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department in 2000. He was assigned command of the major crimes unit in 2016. He also serves on the SWAT and bomb teams.

The 271st session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 19 countries, 48 states and the District of Columbia.