Lieutenant Michael Walsh graduated from the FBI academy on
June 12, 2009 after completing a 12 week training program.
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The following is a brief description from the FBI
National Academy web page. For more information click on the link above to
go to the FBINA Associates Home Page.
National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and
international law enforcement leaders that 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
Its mission is "to support,
promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law
enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary
challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in
education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world."
Leaders and managers of state and local police, sheriffs' departments,
military police organizations, and federal law enforcement agencies.
Participation is by invitation only, though a
nomination process. Participants are drawn from every state in the
union, from U.S. territories, and from over 150 international partner
nations. See below for more details on graduates over the years.
The course of study.
For 10 classroom-hour weeks, four times a year, classes of some 250 officers
take undergraduate and/or graduate college courses at our Quantico,
Virginia, campus in the following areas: law, behavioral science, forensic
science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development,
communication, and health/fitness. Officers participate in a wide range of
leadership and specialized training, and they share ideas, techniques, and
experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that span state
and national lines.
The “Yellow Brick Road.”
Anyone who’s attended the National Academy knows all about the “Yellow Brick
Road,” the final (but optional) test of the fitness challenge. It consists
of a 6.1-mile grueling run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the
Marines. Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through
creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl
under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net, and more.
When (and if) the students complete this difficult test, they receive an
actual yellow brick to memorialize their achievement. The course came to be
known as the “Yellow Brick Road” years ago, after the Marines placed yellow
bricks at various spots to show runners the way through the wooded trail.
The overall fitness challenge began at the National Academy in 1981 and has
evolved over the years; we started awarding yellow bricks in 1988.
How long the National Academy
been in operation.
Since July 29, 1935, with 23
students in attendance. It was created in response to a 1930 study by the
Wickersham Commission that recommended the standardization and
professionalization of the law enforcement departments across the U.S.
through centralized training. With strong support from the International
Association of Chiefs of Police and with the authority of Congress and the
Department of Justice, the "FBI Police Training School" was born. Courses at
that time included scientific aids in crime detection, preparation of
reports, criminal investigation techniques, and administration and
organization. With the advent of World War II, courses were added in
espionage and sabotage.
Life after the National
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.