On March 22, 2013, Lieutenant Neal Griffin of the Escondido Police Department, along with two hundred sixty-eight law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 252nd Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states. Included in the class were members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 27 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. Griffin received both graduate and undergraduate level training in the following areas of study:
- · Leadership for Law Enforcement
- · Fitness in Law Enforcement
- · Organizational Change and Conflict Management
- · Forensic Science
- · Ethical Issues in Law Enforcement
In addition to the academic course work, Lt. Griffin 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 46,610 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. Of this number, approximately 29,097 are still active in law enforcement work.
Lt. Griffin returned to work on April 2, 2013 and assumed his new position as the Commanding Officer of the Investigation Division and Department Press Information Officer.