FBI National Academy
The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) National Academy has long been a vital element in the continuing improvement of law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation throughout the world. The National Academy experience provides a wide range of leadership and specialized training, as well as an opportunity for professional law enforcement officers to share ideas, techniques, and experiences.It is with the above concept that the National Academy Program was founded on July 29, 1935, with 23 students in attendance. Since that early beginning, the National Academy Program has graduated 36,519 qualified students to include the graduation of the 213th Session on June 13, 2003. The program has enjoyed a worldwide reputation graduating 2,326 international officers representing 146 countries.With the opening of the FBI Academy in the summer of 1972, National Academy classes were provided on a quarterly basis consisting of 11 weeks of training for upper- and mid-level law enforcement officers. The curriculum focuses on leadership and management training and consists of courses relating to Leadership Development Unit, Behavioral Science, Law, Communication, Forensic Science and Health/Fitness.
Following graduation, each officer has the opportunity to join the FBI National Academy Associates, a dynamic organization of more than 15,000 law enforcement professionals who have played a significant role in developing a higher level of competency, cooperation, and integrity within the law enforcement community.
Chief Michael Ward graduated from the National Academy in December 1996 with the 187th Session, Lt. Daniel Wittrock with the 223rd Session in December 2005 and Investigator Howard Trapnell with 133rd Session in 1983. Unlike other upper level executive programs in the country. The FBI National Academy is the only one that its attendance is by invitation only. These are truly outstanding men and women from around the world.