Matt Beickert, Chief Deputy of the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, recently was among the June graduates of the prestigious FBI National Academy Program. A total of 228 law enforcement officers were in Beickert’s class and represented law enforcement agencies from 47 states, the District of Columbia, 24 international countries, five military organizations, and seven federal civilian organizations.
The National Academy Program is known for its academic excellence and is held at the FBI campus in Quantico, Va. It offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for enrollees. Coursework includes subjects such as intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science. The program also presents several fitness challenges for students, including a grueling 6-mile run that includes several obstacles.
The members of Beickert’s class possessed an average of 21 years of law enforcement experience. Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony, held on June 7, 2017. Since the National Academy Program began in 1935, a total of 50,141 law enforcement officials have graduated.
Photo: Chief Deputy Matt Beickert at the FBI campus, in front of a memorial to the World Trade Center.