QUANTICO, Virginia - A lieutenant from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office graduated from the FBI National Acadamy in Quantico, Virgina on Friday.
Lt. Joshua Behr Tharsing joins the 51,000 other law enforcement officers nationally that have graduated from this elite law enforcement training program.
Lieutenant Tharsing grew up in Paradise but has worked in Siskiyou County for more than a dozen years. His sister and parents lost their homes during the Camp Fire and relocated to Siskiyou County. The family helped take care of things in Siskiyou County while Lt. Tharsing was in training at the FBI Academy.
Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Kelly Giordano told Action News Now that prior to Lt. Tharsing's FBI training, the only one in the department who has been through the program was his boss, Sheriff Jon Lopey.
Giordano said the FBI training helps rural officers network with others in larger communities, which is expected to be very helpful for this very rural sheriff's department located in an extremely rural part of California.
She said the training teaches changing tactics in law enforcement. that includes learning skills that make officers more personal or personable, and provides very important leadership training and is good for their recruitment efforts.
Lt. Tharsing is a patrol lieutenant, but also is a K9 handler. He is on the Special Response Team. Giordano said she has noticed that the training has had an immediate effect on Lt. Tharsing, making it seem like he has developed a "renewed zest" for his job. He's been with the Siskyou County Sheriff's Office for more than a dozen years.