Two hundred sixteen law enforcement officers graduated on June 14th, 2013 from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 237th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 48 states. Included in the class were members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 24 international countries, three military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals in 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.
FBI Director Robert Mueller, 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, Commander Michael Geier with the Albuquerque Police Department, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A total of 46,826 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 29,313 are still active in law enforcement work.
Sergeant Hulse is the third FBI-NA graduate serving the city of Shenandoah. He is preceded by Assistant Chief of Police A. Bryan Carlisle of the 237th session and Chief of Police John R. Chancellor of the 204th session.