Ex-FBI Agent now full-time LSCS law enforcement academy instructor
Published on: February 12, 2010
Some instructors teach based on what they've learned, but instructors like Mike Sutton, former FBI agent, teach what they've lived.
Sutton, who recently became a full-time instructor at the LSC-North Harris Law Enforcement Academy, worked with the FBI for 45-years. He began his career working as an office clerk for the Bureau in Washington D.C. in 1969. He was only 17-years old at the time. He then accepted a transfer to San Diego where he attended college while working for the country's top law enforcement agency. Upon graduating in 1977, he applied to become a special agent and was appointed to that position in 1980.
In his long career with the FBI, he investigated several high profile cases including the dragging death of James Byrd, Jr. in Jasper, the debris recovery of the Space Shuttle Columbia after it crashed in East Texas, the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in East Africa, and the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Sutton says terrorism is an unfortunate part of our world today and its constant threat has become part of his lesson plan. “In light of September 11 and the ever increasing danger of additional terrorist activities on American soil, I strive to instill in each cadet that they, more than any cadet class before them, will probably have to deal with terrorism personally,” says Sutton. “Just about every block of instruction contains information about how a terrorist attack might affect the enforcement of laws in Texas.”
Since retiring from the FBI in 2004 and joining the Law Enforcement Academy's teaching staff in 2005, Sutton's focus has been on his students, but he still tries to keep abreast of the ever changing environment of police culture. The cadets in his Penal Code and Criminal Procedure classes reap that benefit. “I believe that our police cadets are getting a very well- rounded dose of the education and training they need to be a successful Texas law enforcement officers,” says Sutton.
For more information about LSCS Law Enforcement Academy, call 281.260.3594.
Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 E, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit: lonestar.edu/northharris
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 62,000 students in credit classes this fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu
Feb. 12 , 2010
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