On December 7, 2001, Captain Bradford A. Pelton, along with two hundred sixty-three other law enforcement officers, graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. Captain Pelton, Troop L's Lantana District Commander, is a 20-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol.
The 207th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, thirty international countries, three military organizations, and four federal civilian organizations. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, 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 35,031 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 Captain Pelton on this outstanding achievement!