Russ Wall, a 1st lieutenant with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, recently graduated from the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation's Professional Executive Leadership School.

Wall currently serves in the Field Operations Division as the assistant commander of the Dulles South Station in Chantilly. He is only the second member of the agency to attend and graduate from PELS. The first was Maj. Bev Tate, who oversees the Field Operations Division.

"The PELS program is part of my goal to continue to improve service, efficiency and professionalism in the agency," said Sheriff Mike Chapman. "Participating in this program increases the professionalism of our leadership staff and enables the agency to network with other large law enforcement agencies throughout the commonwealth."

The three-week leadership education program is specifically for chief executive officers and managers and is conducted in conjunction with the University of Richmond. The program teaches best practices in leadership and challenges participants to reflect on their own leadership skills while examining ways to achieve personal and professional growth.

"This is a program Sheriff Chapman wants to encourage all 1st lieutenants to participate in," said Liz Mills, a spokeswoman for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. "It promotes leadership, professionalism and networking with peers in law enforcement and other large agencies in the commonwealth, and the LCSO is proud to have 1st Lt. Russ Wall be a graduate."