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Assistant Director, Core Training Operations Directorate


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Manfred F. Harpole

Assistant Director Harpole
Manfred F. Harpole, Assistant Director, Core Training Operations Directorate

Fred Harpole serves as the Assistant Director (AD) for the FLETC Core Training Operations Directorate (CTO).  In this role, he provides oversight of the Firearms Division, Driver and Marine Division, Enforcement Operations Division, and Physical Techniques Division. He also maintains oversight of the FLETC Artesia, New Mexico training delivery point.  Mr. Harpole first joined FLETC in March 2020 as the Deputy Assistant Director for CTO and was promoted to Assistant Director in August 2020.

Previously, Mr. Harpole served as Executive Director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) Flight Operations Directorate. In this role he maintained executive oversight of the Transportation Security Operations Center, National Capital Region Coordination Center, Law Enforcement Information Coordination Section, and Security Assessments Section. He was also responsible for FAMS enterprise-wide scheduling and operations through the Systems Operation Control Section.

Prior to leading Flight Operations, Mr. Harpole served as the Director of TSA's Training Centers Division delivering law enforcement, security operations, and canine training at the TSA Academy, TSA Training Center and TSA Canine Training Center. In this position, he also managed the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program.

Mr. Harpole has also served as the Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (SAC) of the Seattle FAMS Field Office where he led Seattle based Federal Air Marshals and managed TSA's surface law enforcement operations in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  He also completed assignments as SAC of the FAMS Security Services and Assessments Division and ASAC for Law Enforcement Culture in the FAMS Director's Office.

During the 112th session of Congress, Mr. Harpole served on detail assignment to the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.  In 2009, he served as the Acting TSA Representative to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, and Greenland.  Mr. Harpole began his FAMS career in 2002 and has flown air marshal missions from the Las Vegas and Washington Field Offices.

Mr. Harpole began his law enforcement career in 1987 with the Milwaukee Police Department where he served as a Police Aide, Police Officer and Police Sergeant, completing multiple uniform and undercover assignments in the Patrol Bureau, Criminal Investigations Bureau - Gang Crimes Intelligence Division, and Special Operations Bureau - Intelligence Division.

Mr. Harpole holds a B.A. in Economics summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico. He is a past member of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board of Directors.