Eugene Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Captain Sam Kamkar from the FBI National Academy. He was among 221 law enforcement officers who recently graduated from the FBI National Academy program at Quantico, Virginia. The 256th session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states. Also included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 23 international countries, five military organizations and two federal civilian organizations.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected command officers who have proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, the officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions. Captain Kamkar has been with Eugene Police since 1997.
Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their field of expertise.
Capt. Kamkar joins Lt. Jennifer Bills and Lt. Doug Mozan, as well as Chief Pete Kerns, as graduates from this prestigious FBI National Academy. Captain Kamkar was the only representative from the state of Oregon.
BACKGROUND: CAPTAIN SAM KAMKAR Captain Kamkar began working in law enforcement at Portland Police Bureau as a police cadet in 1991 and then became a reserve police officer. In 1994, he joined Oregon State Police as a trooper. Captain Kamkar has been with Eugene Police since 1997.
Captain Kamkar is a national-level teacher on Arabic Culture, Islam and Radical Islam. He conducts state-wide teaching on Tactical Ethics, Biased Based Policing – Racial Profiling, Diversity and Profiling in Contemporary Policing, and he speaks fluent Farsi.
Captain Kamkar’s family immigrated to the United States after the 1979 revolution in Iran during which the Persian King, known as Shah, was deposed and replaced by Ayatollah Khomeini. In 1988 Kamkar moved to Oregon and has since made Oregon his permanent home. Kamkar's knowledge of Middle-Eastern culture, Islam, language ability, and experience with cultural issues has helped with several criminal investigations, as well as in the local reaction to the September 11, 2001, attack on America.
While at Eugene Police, Captain Kamkar has progressed through the Department’s ranks from police officer, to sergeant, then lieutenant and acting captain. He has been a watch commander, training manager, patrol supervisor, downtown team supervisor, crowd control bike team commander, background team supervisor, defensive tactics supervisor, and the UO campus unit supervisor. As a line level officer, in addition to general patrol, Kamkar worked as a school resource officer, UO campus police officer, background investigator, major collision investigator, academy instructor, field training officer, and a mentor for new recruits. He also has served on the department’s Honor Guard Team. He helped to manage the security operation during the 2008 and 2012 Eugene Track and Field trials as well as events such as the Eugene Marathon.
In 2002 Captain Kamkar received the City of Eugene’s employee of the year award for his contributions toward protecting the members of the Eugene community that were targeted based on their race, religion, and ethnicity in the local aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. In 2005, Captain Kamkar received the Mary Carol Norenberg Humanitarian award for developing and delivering cultural competency training for City employees. The same year, he received the Distinguished Service Award for helping to save the life of a man drowning in Delta Ponds. In 2008 he received the Meritorious Service Award for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the department’s training program. In 2012, he received a Class II Commendation for his role as Liaison between the City of Eugene leaders and Occupy Eugene.
Captain Kamkar is a graduate of Northwest Christian University with a Bachelor’s in Management. He also graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police by the Police Executive Research Forum.
Captain Kamkar has been married to his wife for 20 years and together they have two sons. ###