The FBI 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 37,740
qualified students to include the graduation of the 218th Session on September
3, 2004. The program has enjoyed a worldwide reputation, graduating 2,449 international
officers representing 151 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, Behavioral Science, Law, Communication,
Forensic Science and Health/Fitness.
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