STOUGHTON — Chief Donna M. McNamara graduated with the 284th session of the FBI National Academy last week, a law enforcement program internationally known for its academic excellence.
Chief McNamara graduated on Thursday, Dec. 8 from the prestigious program following 11 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training at the FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia.
Participation in the program is granted through nomination and invitation only. On average, selected officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience. Session 284 included 237 law enforcement professionals representing law enforcement agencies from 25 countries, five military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.
The training 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. Classes are offered in a diverse set of areas, and officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized trainings. Officers share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other and create lifelong partnerships that transcend state and national borders.
“The FBI National Academy is some of the finest leadership training for law enforcement professionals, and it was an honor to have been selected to attend this program,” Chief McNamara said. “The 11 weeks provided me with exceptional instruction by recognized trainers, and I have brought back a wealth of knowledge and connections with leaders around the world that I look forward to utilizing.”
Chief McNamara is now one of 53,907 graduates who have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935.