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If the Alexandria Detention Center was classed a prison, Frank R. Milano would be the Warden.

As it is, Captain Frank Milano oversees the overall confinement and operations of the Alexandria Adult Detention Center.

On Jan. 28, 2011, after persevering 10 months of intense studies, which included a total of three weeks onsite in Aurora, Colorado and continuous studies online, Captain Milano, the only participant from the Northern VA region, graduated from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Executive Excellence Program.

The National Institute of Corrections is an agency within the U. S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons which is spearheaded by a Director and 16 member policy advisory board appointed by the Attorney General.   This program is equivalent to the internationally renowned and respected FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

“It’s an innovative-centered and competency based training for future leaders of correctional agencies and is solid proof that leadership is all about establishing positive relationships with people and developing their skills,” Milano said.

The Executive Excellence Program is strategically developed for an audience of upper level correctional managers on the career path towards Chief Executive Officer positions and equips the participants with the critical core capabilities, knowledge and skills required to lead correctional facilities now and in the future.

“Captain Milano’s graduation from this executive program is a credit to the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, “said Sheriff Dana Lawhorne.  “The study, determination and graduation are important to the professionalism and administration of our jail.”

Captain Milano is a New Jersey native and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Salem College, Salem, West Virginia and Master’s Degree at George Washington University, Washington D. C., both in Criminal Justice.

He joined the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office on January 3, 1983, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1989, Lieutenant in 2002 and became Captain of the Security Division in 2008.

While his activities outside of his professional duties include spending time with his wife and three boys, sports, traveling, and the performing arts, he is well known for his passion for baking, where he often provides banana cream pie for colleagues on special occasions.

Captain Milano has been an exemplary, dedicated member of the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office for 28 years and we salute him for this outstanding achievement, said Sheriff Lawhorne.