Today, Police Chief John M. Young, Jr., announced that Captain Jeffrey L. Wendling recently graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.
The FBI National Academy is designed to provide advanced training to law enforcement executives both from the United States and foreign law enforcement agencies. Two hundred seventy-two law enforcement officers graduated from the 242nd Session of the National Academy consisting of men and women from 49 states, the District of Columbia, 26 foreign countries, five U.S military organizations and four U.S. federal civilian law enforcement agencies.
Internationally recognized for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, offers ten (10) weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals with their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to service in executive-level positions.
FBI Director Robert Mueller, was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony.
Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Supervisory Special Agents, and other staff members holding advance degrees, many of who 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.
A total of 44,015 graduates now represent the FBI national Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 26,503 are still active in law enforcement.
Chief Young a graduate of Session 239, stated that “the FBI National Academy allows students to create their own class schedule, thus meeting their individual developmental needs, and of equal importance was the exchange with other students concerning best practices of their organizations. The FBI NA is a key curriculum to the successful development of law enforcement executives and the Kerrville Police Department appreciates the San Antonio Division of the FBI for nominating our personnel to attend.“