"The national academy was an excellent learning opportunity, consisting of four classes each weekday as well as library study time in the evenings,” noted Chief Byard. “Next to the academics, the most challenging aspect was the ‘yellow brick road’ which is a 6.2 mile obstacle course challenge through the woods which was designed by Quantico Marine Base personnel.”
Program candidates participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, in which they share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating professional partnerships that transcend state and national borders. Additionally, coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and raise law enforcement standards and cooperation. FBI Director James Comey was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony.
“Aurora is very fortunate to have Brian as a resident and as its Police Chief,” Mayor Womer Benjamin said. “We are proud that he was selected to participate in the FBI Academy and that he successfully completed this rigorous and prestigious training program. It is an honor for him, the Police Department and the community.”