December 29 2016

Burlington Police Captain Completes FBI National Academy



FBI Director James Comey, left, and Capt. Gregory Skehan at the FBI National Academy graduation on Dec. 16. (Courtesy Photo)

A member of the Burlington Police Department has completed an academy put on by the top law enforcement agency in the country.

Police Chief Michael Kent said in a release that Capt. Gregory Skehan graduated from the 266th session of the FBI National Academy this month.

The class took place at Quantico, Va. and consisted of 222 men and women from 48 states, agencies from the District of Columbia, 20 international countries, five military organizations and eight federal civilian organizations, a release states. All were recognized at a graduation ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16.

“The FBI National Academy's rigorous 11-week program demonstrates advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for selected officers,” the release states. “Participation is granted through nomination and invitation only.”

The course serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad, and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide.

As a graduate, Capt. Skehan joins the less than 1 percent of law enforcement officers in the world to attend the program. 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 actively work to continue developing higher levels of competency, cooperation and integrity across the law enforcement community.

“I commend Capt. Skehan for his commitment to completing this prestigious program,” Chief Kent said. “His dedication to the department, to the community and to the law itself speaks volumes.”

Capt. Skehan joins Chief Kent (session 202) and Deputy Chief Thomas Duffy (session 249) as members of the department who have graduated from the FBI National Academy.

The FBI National Academy was created on July 29, 1935, with 23 students in attendance. The program began in response to a 1930 study by the Wickersham Commission, which recommended the standardization and professionalization of the law enforcement departments across the U.S. through centralized training.


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