On March 16, 2012 two hundred fifty seven law enforcement officers from forty eight states and 26 countries graduated the 248th Session of the FBI’s National Academy. Captain Steven Hall, of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, was a member of the graduating class.
“Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professional with their agencies”. (FBI, 2012) Participation is by invitation only through a nomination process, background investigation and oral interview. Participants are drawn from every state in the union, from U.S. territories, and from over 150 international partner nations. Less than one percent of all law enforcement officers nationwide are selected to attend this program.
“I am honored to have been chosen to attend and was proud to represent the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at the National Academy. My individual course of study included: Leadership Development, Stress Management for Police Managers, Health and Fitness, Criminal Statements and Micro-Facial Recognition. I value the educational experience and I appreciate the connection I now have to the worldwide network of public safety experts and law enforcement resources. I look forward to using the knowledge I have gleaned to develop training programs for our deputies at the Sheriff’s Office. I want to thank Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron for the opportunity to attend the training.” (Captain Steven Hall)
Captain Hall’s attendance at the National Academy also had a personal and family significance. In the 1980’s Captain Hall’s uncle, Gerald Lesko, was the Assistant Chief of Police for the Prince William County Police in Woodbridge, Virginia and a graduate of the 140th Session of the FBI’s National Academy. “My uncle Gerry was my mentor and is the reason I am a police officer today. I have always looked up to him. It was an honor to have him attend my graduation ceremony.” (Captain Steven Hall).
“We are extremely proud of Captain Hall and I am confident he will put forth the knowledge he gained from his training experience to benefit the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens we serve. Congratulations Captain Hall.“ (Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron)
“A total of 45,553 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July of 1935. Of this number, approximately 28,041 are still active in law enforcement work.” (FBI, 2012)