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[APRIL 5, 2004]  Two hundred and forty-four law enforcement officers, including Lincoln Police Chief Richard Montcalm, graduated March 19 from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va. The 216th session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, two military organizations, three federal civilian organizations and 24 other countries.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was the principal speaker at the ceremony.

The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesman, Division Chief Philip Jacob Baca, of the Jefferson County sheriff's office in Golden, Colo.

[Lincoln Police Chief Richard Montcalm]

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, conducted at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.


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Training for the program is provided by 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 many courses offered.

A total of 37,243 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 22,521 are still active in law enforcement work.

[News release from the U.S. Department of Justice,
Federal Bureau of Investigation]

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