3/26/2013 12:13:56 PM
Teton County Sheriff Jim Whalen announced in March he will be attending the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA starting April 6, 2013. The academy lasts ten weeks and graduation will be held on June 14th.
Sheriff Whalen stated, "I am humbled to have been selected to participate in this prestigious training and I'm sure I will gain knowledge on how better to serve Teton County in the capacity of Sheriff."
The FBI National Academy began in 1935 under Director, J. Edgar Hoover. It was created in response to a 1930 study by the Wickersham Commission that recommended the standardization and professionalization of the law enforcement departments across the U.S. through centralized training. !n 1962, at the specific request of President John F. Kennedy, officers from foreign countries began attending the National Academy. There are four sessions per year with each session offering training to approximately 250 students.
Essentially there are three components to the academy. 1) Academic 2) Physical 3) Professional Networking. All three are critical components to success. The average age for attendees is 41 and Sheriff Whalen, being 54, has his work cut out for him; especially with the physical side. Each session culminates with the running of the "Yellow Brick Road"; a 6.1 mile course that includes wooded trails, walls, ropes and cargo nets. Says Whalen, "I know I'll be one of the old guys, but I think living in Jackson has prepared me well because being physically fit is so much a part of Jackson's culture."
When asked if being gone for two and a half months will be detrimental to the department Whalen said, "I have the utmost confidence in all of the staff at the sheriff's office; people might not even notice that I'm gone." Whalen added, "Besides, there are phone and email capabilities in Quantico, so I will be available through the wonders of technology."
Two other members of the sheriff's office have already attended the National Academy, Undersheriff Bob Gilliam and Lieutenant Slade Ross.