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On June 8, 2012, Lt. Chris Wynn of the Escondido Police Department, along with two hundred sixty-four law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 249th 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, four 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 within 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.
During his time at the National Academy, Lt. Wynn received both graduate and undergraduate level training in the following areas of study:
- · Leadership for Law Enforcement
- · Labor Law Issues for Law Enforcement Administrators
- · Fitness in Law Enforcement
- · Managing Organizational Change and Development
- · Interviewing Strategies Through Written Statement Analysis
- · Promoting the Law Enforcement Image
Lt. Wynn completed all of the above courses with high marks. In addition to the academic course work, he received his “Yellow Brick” for completing the Fitness Challenge, which is a series of fitness events leading up to the running of the “Yellow Brick Road.” The Yellow Brick Road is a 6.2 mile obstacle course located on Marine Corps Base Quantico and is made up of 26 different obstacles and hills. Upon completion, students are awarded a “Yellow Brick” to signify their accomplishment.
Training for the program is provided by 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 accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.
A total of 45,817 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. Of this number, approximately 28,305 are still active in law enforcement work.
Lt. Wynn returned to work on June 18, 2012 and is looking forward to putting into practice some of the lessons learned while at the National Academy. He described his time at the National Academy as, “One of the most valuable law enforcement training courses I have ever attended. I was exposed not only to new theories, but also to law enforcement managers from all over the world who have experienced similar challenges. Most importantly, I have friends in law enforcement all over the world that I can call on any time I have a question. I hope to use my time at the National Academy to the benefit of Escondido.”