Chief of Police
45 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Burlington Police Capt. Gregory Skehan Graduates from FBI National Academy
BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent is pleased to announce that Capt. Gregory Skehan from the Burlington Police Department graduated from the 266th session of the FBI National Academy this month.
The class took place at Quantico, Va. and consisted of 222 men and women from 48 states, agencies from the District of Columbia, 20 international countries, five military organizations and eight federal civilian organizations. All were recognized at a graduation ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16.
Known internationally for its academic excellence, the FBI National Academy’s rigorous 11-week program demonstrates advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for selected officers. Participation is granted through nomination and invitation only.
The course serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad, and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide.
As a graduate, Capt. Skehan joins the less than 1 percent of law enforcement officers in the world to attend this esteemed program. Following graduation, each officer has the opportunity to join the FBI National Academy Associates, a dynamic organization of more than 15,000 law enforcement professionals who actively work to continue developing higher levels of competency, cooperation and integrity across the law enforcement community.
“I commend Capt. Skehan for his commitment to completing this prestigious program,” Chief Kent said. “His dedication to the department, to the community and to the law itself speaks volumes.”
Capt. Skehan joins Chief Kent (session 202) and Deputy Chief Thomas Duffy (session 249) as members of the department who have graduated from the FBI National Academy.
About the FBI National Academy:
The FBI National Academy was created on July 29, 1935, with 23 students in attendance. The program began in response to a 1930 study by the Wickersham Commission, which recommended the standardization and professionalization of the law enforcement departments across the U.S. through centralized training. With strong support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and with the authority of Congress and the Department of Justice, the “FBI Police Training School” was born. Courses at that time included scientific aids in crime detection, preparation of reports, criminal investigation techniques, and administration and organization. With the advent of World War II, courses were added in espionage and sabotage. Since inception, 49,686 graduates represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy.