Madera County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Darin McMechan graduated Friday, March 22 from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va., along with 268 other law enforcement graduates.
The 10-week program teaches advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professional within their agencies.
McMechan is a 26-year veteran of the Madera County Sheriff's Office. McMechan has served the department in a number of highly skilled fields including narcotics, SWAT, Search & Rescue, and the department's dive team.
McMechan joined the Sheriff's Office in the spring of 1987 and worked boat operations at Bass Lake. Toward the end of 1989, he was assigned to Valley patrol. Two years later, he was appointed to the Madera County Mountain Division's Detective Unit.
In 1998, he became a sergeant and held that title until 2002, successfully meeting the demands of that newly appointed position while assuming the responsibilities of coordinator for the search and rescue team and continuing his role on the SWAT and dive teams.
A year later, he was elevated to the position of lieutenant and continues to oversee the department's mountain division.
Madera County Sheriff John Anderson describes McMechan as a man of quality and integrity.
"He is as passionate about his work as he is about our community," McMechan said. "He has built a solid reputation for being thorough, and fair."