Two hundred and twenty-two law enforcement officers graduated today
from the FBI National Academy program at Quantico, Virginia. The 270th
session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49
states, as well as members of law enforcement agencies from the District
of Columbia, 20 international countries, three military organizations,
and four federal civilian organizations.
Internationally known for
its academic excellence, the National Academy program, held at the FBI
Academy, offers 11 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and
fitness training for selected officers having proven records as
professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 21
years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies
to serve in executive-level positions.
President Donald J. Trump,
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director Christopher Wray
delivered remarks at the graduation ceremony.
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 fields of expertise.
1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate
and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the
accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.
graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Craig
Wiles, Drug Enforcement Administration, New Orleans, Louisiana. A total
of 50,587 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy
since it began in 1935.