Lt. Colonel Rick Gregory was among the 249 law enforcement officers who recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The 219th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states, the District of Columbia, 24 different countries, three military organizations, and four Federal civilian organizations.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, offers eleven weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers with proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, participating officers have nearly twenty years of law enforcement experience, and usually return to their respective agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
FBI Academy instructional staff provides the training for the National Academy Program, along with Special Agents and other staff holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their specific fields of expertise. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia as a result of the accreditation by the University of the many courses offered.
At the recent graduation ceremony, Lt. Colonel Gregory and the other graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Lt. Robert Severin Hauch of the Los Angeles Police Department. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller served as the principal speaker at the ceremony. A total of 37,740 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy Program since it began in July 1935. To date, 22,667 are still active in law enforcement work. Congratulations to Lt. Colonel Gregory on this significant training accomplishment!