Jon Austria/The Daily TimesLieutenant Shane Ferrari with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.
Jon Austria/The Daily Times Lieutenant Shane Ferrari with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office on Friday. (Jon Austria)
AZTEC — San Juan County Commissioners recognized Sheriff's Office Lt. Shane Ferrari for excelling at a 10-week, FBI training program that the Sheriff said will help him better command specialty units within the office.

San Juan County Executive Officer Kim Carpenter described Ferrari's accomplishments to commissioners, who gave him a plaque during Tuesday night's meeting.

In September, Ferrari completed the FBI National Academy Program.

The program includes intense leadership, administration and physical training and is only available to command-level law enforcement officials. Only two New Mexico law officers, who are ranked as a lieutenant or above, can enroll in the program at one time.

"It's training that's comparable to (what) an FBI agent gets along with leadership training," Ferrari said.

There were 277 law enforcement officials in the academy session in Quantico, Va., with Ferrari. The officers were from 49 states, 24 counties, three military organizations and four federal civilian organizations. To be accepted, the officers had to commit to work at least three years in law enforcement after graduating from the academy.

"They want you to be able to take the training and forward it with your agency or another agency," he said. "You have to put it to use."

Ferrari was among six section representatives and two academy class leaders who were chosen by the other officers.


"We will always try to send people to the National Academy whenever its possible, but not everyone can go," Sheriff Ken Christesen said. "He's set the benchmark for the deputies that follow. We're extremely proud of him."

During the academy session, Ferrari took numerous leadership, writing, fitness, psychology and other courses related to law enforcement.

He also completed two physical tests, one was a 6.1-mile run that included a two-mile obstacle course designed by the U.S. Marine Corps. The run included going up and down barriers and rocks with ropes, under barbed wire and through creeks. He swam 34 miles during the academy session to complete the other physical test.

Ferrari is the special operations lieutenant for the sheriff's office. He commands the SWAT, Special Enforcement Team and the Aviation Unit. He also oversees prisoner exchange.

He said he benefitted from being around hundreds of other high-ranking law enforcement officials and seeing their different leadership styles.

"Being around leaders like that and seeing their different leadership styles was incredible," Ferrari said. "There was hundreds of years of law enforcement in one room."

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