For Immediate Release: 1/8/2019 11:03 pm
On December 14th, 2018, two hundred and forty-nine law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia, including Worcester Police Captain Michael McKiernan. The 274th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from all 50 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 23 international countries, five military organizations, and seven federal civilian organizations.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers eleven 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.
FBI Director Christopher Asher Wray was the principal speaker at the 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.
Since 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.
The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Lisa Drake, Port of Seattle Police Department, Seattle, Washington. A total of 51,519 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935.