With a mission to support, promote, and enhance the development of law enforcement professionals, the FBI National Academy serves to improve policing and police departments, sheriff’s departments, military police, and federal agencies. Through invitations to select groups of law enforcement organizations, FBI National Academy participants come from throughout the United States and its territories as well as from over 150 countries around the world.
The FBI National Academy consists of two parts: 10 hours of classroom work four times a year and participation in the “Yellow Brick Road”—a challenging fitness course. In the classroom setting, students take graduate level courses on a range of subjects including law, behavioral and forensic sciences, leadership, and communication. The fitness test, which is optional, is made up of a 6.1 mile trail run interspersed with obstacles designed to challenge students both physically and mentally. Following completion of the course, graduates are awarded a yellow brick for their achievement and commitment to excellence.
About the author: Thad (Thaddeus) Furlong is a former law enforcement officer and current attorney based in Stafford, Virginia. Along with practicing in the legal professional, Mr. Furlong is an instructor at the FBI Academy, where he feaches law enforcement officers to prepare for trial and testify successfully in court.