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Former Sylacauga Police Chief named National Director of Virtual Academy Advanced Training Solutions


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Virtual Academy Advanced Training Solutions has announced the promotion of Chris Carden to National Director.

Earlier this summer,  Carden joined Virtual Academy as the Regional Director, and Virtual Academy began to increase its reach across the United States, especially in the South.

Carden, a resident of Alabama and retired police chief, will transition to lead Virtual Academy’s national efforts and communicate the value Virtual Academy brings to law enforcement and public safety leaders.

President and CEO Dr. Nassar said, “Our mission has always been to serve those who serve us. That mission is most effective with experienced law enforcement professionals as key leaders in our organization. We’re excited and proud to have Chris Carden represent and lead Virtual Academy on a national level. Chris brings over 20 years of service in law enforcement and military to this role and will improve all aspects of training, engagement, partner support, and service to our finest in blue and beyond.”

Carden served the City of Sylacauga for 21 years. He left his post as chief in 2015 after he was appointed by Alabama’s Attorney General to serve as the statewide law enforcement coordinator. Carden remained in that role until reaching his retirement. Carden has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and is a graduate of the 215th session of the FBI National Academy.

“The National Director is the face of Virtual Academy throughout the country,” said Carden. “I will be the tip of the spear representing law enforcement everywhere, building relationships with partners. I served 21 years at the Sylacauga Police Department, which ultimately set me up for bigger roles, such as my national position with Virtual Academy. I am so grateful for the people of Sylacauga, who supported me during my time at the police department and who continue to support me. Sylacauga will always be special to me.”

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