Police Chief Homer was in an 11 week FBI National Academy advanced law enforcement training program in Quantico VA. The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and
international law enforcement leaders.
"We trained right with the FBI and Secret service and ATF agents," said Chief Homer of the experience.
"It is a very intense program. One to two hours of fitness training and eight to ten of classroom per day. It is difficult for many officers to do because you are away from home for 11 consecutive weeks."
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.
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 foreign nations.
Chief Homer: "I still communicate with a Chief Inspector from London, and a Major from Australia I met there. One of my classmates was a Captain from Egypt. He died in a bombing 4 years ago."
Chief Homer: "I attended in 1996. Each session has a number, mine was 184th. Being a graduate is quite an honor, as you have to apply, then be accepted. Not everyone is accepted."
Sources: Chief Homer and The FBI National Academy Website