Aberdeen Police Captain Brian Chavis graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on Dec. 8.
“Captain Chavis is one of very few individuals from the Aberdeen Police Department to complete this prestigious program,” said Aberdeen Police Department on its Facebook page. “Nationally, fewer than one percent of officers have had the opportunity to attend the program.”
Aberdeen Town Council also recognized Chavis’ graduation at its meeting on Dec. 12.
Chavis, along with 236 law enforcement officers, graduated as a member of the 284th session which consisted of men and women from 48 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 25 countries, five military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations, according to a press release from the FBI National Academy.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered remarks at the ceremony. Class spokesperson William Lexton-Jones of the Metropolitan Police in London, England, represented the graduating officers.
FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training; many instructors are recognized internationally in their fields. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered.
A total of 53,908 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.
Photo: Aberdeen Police Chief Carl Colasacco (left) stands with Aberdeen Police Captain Brian Chavis as Chavis was recognized as an FBI Academy graduate at the town council meeting on Dec. 12.