FBI National Academy




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.

The FBI 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 worldwide.

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."

Who attends.
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 Academy.
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.



Session Year Rank Name Status
34 1947 Chief James Kranyik deceased
65 1960 Captain Patrick Carroll retired
85 1970 Chief Anthony Mastronardi retired
102 1975 Captain Frederick Campbell retired
107 1976 Chief Ronald Sullivan retired
109 1977 Chief William Mockalis retired
110 1977 Lieutenant Richard Gunter retired
116 1979 Captain Edward Targowski retired
127 1981 Captain Robert Comers retired
136 1984 Lieutenant Raymond Rasmussen retired
145 1986 Captain Peter Eggers retired
163 1990 Sergeant  Frank Targowski retired
181 1995 Chief David Peck active
188 1997 Captain Paul Dyer retired
205 2001 Captain Edward Filush retired
215 2003 Lieutenant Christopher Lyddy active
  2004 Deputy Chief Gary MacNamara active
237 2009 Lieutenant Micheal Walsh active

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Connecticut FBINA