Chief Larry L. Austin
On June 8, 2001, Chief Larry L. Austin, along with two hundred sixty-three other law enforcement officers, graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 205th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, twenty-four international countries, three military organizations, and four federal civilian organizations. FBI Director Louis J. Freeh was the principal speaker at the ceremony.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced legal, 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.
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 the accreditation by the university of many courses offered. A total of 34,507 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 21,000 are still active in law enforcement work.
Congratulations to Chief Austin on this outstanding achievement!