QUANTICO – The Floyd County Police Department congratulates Captain Ron Hunton on his graduation from the prestigious FBI National Academy. The program is a training opportunity for police leaders who will soon elevate to executive level positions at their home agency. The graduation of the 284th session took place Thursday at the National Academy in Virginia. Only two current officers have completed the training in Quantico; Chief Mark Wallace is a graduate of the 205th session. Hunton also joins his father who was in the 222nd session of the FBI National Academy. Nationally, fewer than one percent of officers have the opportunity to attend the program. The graduating class consisted of 237 law enforcement officers from 49 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement from 25 countries, five military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions. “It was a great experience. The training was relevant and timely for issues being faced by law enforcement today and in the future,” Hunton said. “I enjoyed meeting and getting to know my fellow students.” “The students are what made it such a memorable time,” he said. “Meeting and talking to officers from all over the world was a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Captain Hunton is a 19-year veteran of FCPD. He is commander of the Floyd County Bomb Response Team and supervisor of the selective enforcement HEAT unit. He is a Masters-level graduate of the Command College from Columbus State University and is grant manager for the police department. About the FBI National Academy FBI Academy instructors, special agents and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training; many instructors are recognized internationally in their fields. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered. A total of 53,908 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.
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