The FBI National Academy, by Thad Furlong

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.

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About Thad Furlong

A criminal defense attorney, former law enforcement professional, and veteran of the United States military, Thaddeus Furlong brings more than three decades of relevant experience to his work at Stone Furlong Drewniak PLLC in Stafford, Virginia. Commanding an impressive and highly diversified professional background, Thaddeus Furlong spent the first 20 years of his career in a broad range of educational and occupational capacities, with notable work performed as a nuclear submarine officer, police officer, FBI Instructor and his helping hundreds of clients as a Georgetown Law criminal defense attorney. During this time, Thaddeus Furlong worked in the U.S. Navy in land and sea assignments, including on the staff of the Commander Middle East Force during the reflagged tanker hostilities in the Persian Gulf. While in the Navy, he also served on nuclear submarines, was a Certified Government Contracting Officer, and worked with various embassies in a number of countries. In addition, Thaddeus Furlong attended California State University, Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. First in his class at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Explorer Academy, he was selected to represent the department at a conference in Washington, DC, where he met the President of the United States. He also served as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department and graduated first in his class with the Fairfax County Police. He has served in a variety of law enforcement positions, including patrol operations and criminal investigation. He is now an adjunct instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Seeking further professional development, Thaddeus Furlong enrolled at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where, in addition to his coursework, he took part in various legal aid activities. Graduating from Georgetown with his Juris Doctor in 1995, Thaddeus Furlong subsequently passed the Virginia Bar Examination and embarked on the next phase of his career. After 10 years at various law firms in Virginia, Thaddeus Furlong joined Bose Law Firm PLLC as a Senior Attorney. From 2005 through 2010, Thaddeus Furlong proved an integral member of the team at Bose Law Firm PLLC, representing clients on a wide variety of cases involving bank fraud, sex crimes, DUIs, and more. Expanding his legal practice, Thaddeus Furlong teamed up with a number of former law enforcement professionals, now experienced criminal defense attorneys, to form Stone Furlong Drewniak PLLC, which represents clients statewide in all Virginia local and federal courts. Aside from his work at Stone Furlong Drewniak PLLC, Thaddeus Furlong serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northern Virginia Community College and Adjunct Instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. To read more about the professional history of Thaddeus Furlong and the legal services he provides at Stone Furlong Drewniak PLLC, please visit the firm’s official website at www.stonefurlongdrewniak.com.
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