Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre has announced that he will be part of the 255th Session of the FBIs National Academy this fall. The 10-week session is conducted at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and will take place from September 29 through December 13, 2013. Less than one percent of all law enforcement personnel in the world receive invitations to study at the prestigious academy.
It is an absolute honor to be invited to attend the FBI National Academy, said Sheriff Webre. While this will certainly be a grueling 10 weeks, I am eagerly anticipating the various classroom courses and physical training, as well as the sharing of ideas and information with other law enforcement officers from around the world. This is an opportunity to bring back a wealth of knowledge to help better serve the citizens of Lafourche Parish.
Sheriff Webre was selected following an arduous nomination process. The nominee must have at least five years of experience and have a minimum rank of Lieutenant. They must also be at least 25 years old and be in excellent physical condition. Nominees must also possess excellent character and enjoy a reputation for professional integrity, and they must receive approval from their local FBI Field Office. Following the nomination, a thorough background check is conducted on the candidate. These processes take approximately one year to complete before the candidate is accepted.
Sheriff Webre will return to Lafourche Parish during federal holidays when no classes are held, and he said he would plan to return in the event of any major situation that arises. Otherwise, Sheriff Webre plans to stay updated with the day-to-day workings of the agency through the use of modern technology. Several sheriffs and police chiefs have attended the academy before me, and they have all managed to stay abreast on what is happening back home, said Sheriff Webre. Through the use of technology such as cell phones, email, and video conferencing, I will be able to continue to serve our citizens despite being hundreds of miles away.
Sheriff Webre also placed his full trust in his staff to continue to provide the same level of service to the citizens of Lafourche Parish in his absence. The mere fact that I was nominated for such an honor is absolutely a reflection on the outstanding men and women of the Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office, said Sheriff Webre. I could not have accepted this invitation without the full confidence that this agency will continue to excel in my absence under the leadership of Chief Deputy Bud Dill and the entire Command Staff. I will certainly be looking forward to returning home in December to share the knowledge I have gained with them with the hope of providing an even greater level of service to the public.
Captain Chad Shelby, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, was the last LPSO representative to be accepted to the Academy. He attended from January 10 through March 18, 2011. Upon graduating from the Academy, Captain Shelby said, In a sense, its like the West Point for law enforcement. Its definitely one of the finest educational opportunities a police officer can attain.
ABOUT THE FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY:
The FBI National Academy began in 1935 under the direction of J. Edgar Hoover. Approximately 250 law enforcement officers from the United States and nations around the world are chosen to attend one of four annual sessions at the FBI National Academy. The purpose is not to turn local police into FBI agents, but to improve the administration of justice by police departments and sheriffs offices and to raise standards, knowledge and cooperation across the globe. Essentially, there are three components to the academy: 1) Academic, 2) Physical, and 3) Professional Networking.