BELL COUNTY - A member of Bell County's Sheriff's Department recently graduated from the FBI Academy and returned to Bell County Thursday excited to use what he learned there to help those in Central Texas. Major Theodore Cruz is the second person in the history of the Bell County Sheriffs Department to get admitted to the program.
The department held a welcome-home conference for Cruz today where he shared his experiences in the academy as well as his excitement to be back home. Cruz says during his time in Quantico he learned important problem solving and leadership skills through his violent crime and counter terrorism classes, skills he hopes to implement within his department and the greater Bell County community as well.
Cruz is also the second in his family to graduate from the academy, his dad also completed the program over 20 years ago. Cruz says the 10 week process has been the highlight of his 28 year long career in law enforcement.
"This is a once in a lifetime leadership and education experience that less than one percent of law enforcement in the world get to experience and I'm part of that now" says Major Theodore Cruz, Bell County Sheriffs Department.
During his welcome back ceremony the graduate also learned that he'll be receiving the new role of Major within the department. Cruz will now assist the Chief Deputy with things like the budget and policy reviews on top of continuing his work of getting police related information out to the community.