MANCHESTER -- Soon, the Manchester Police Department will have an FBI National Academy graduate on the payroll.

Sergeant Patrick Owens will be attending this 10 week program in the late summer, early fall of 2014. Owens will be one of the approximately 1,000 law enforcement officials to complete the program in 2014. Each year, there are four sessions of the National Academy held at FBI headquarters in Quantico, Va. The FBI National Academy is, according to their website, "a professional course of study for U. S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments. . . and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide." Police Chief Michael Hall said, at the day long budget meeting Dec. 20, this is a course of study for officers in the middle of their career.

"It's a step in the right direction in bringing the department up to today's standards, academically and technology wise," Hall said in an interview.

Hall said he hopes to have other officers also complete this training in the future. Owens said he is looking forward to the course and meeting other law enforcement officials.

"The contacts that you make are nationwide and even international," he said.

"I'm happy to be given the opportunity to go. It's really an honor to be nominated." Hall said the course focuses on administration, national and international trends in law enforcement and crime statistical analysis.


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Advertisement According to the FBI, there are also courses in behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindset and leadership development. There is also a physical component of the training. At the end of the course, the participants have a chance to complete the "Yellow Brick Road," a course set up by the Marines. According to the FBI, the 6.1 mile course, described as grueling, got its name from the yellow bricks used as direction markers in the woods. If a participant completes the course full of different challenges, they are awarded with an actual yellow brick to commemorate the occasion.

Hall said sending Owens to the FBI National Academy and hopefully sending more officers will help the leadership in the department down the road.

Owens also said this will benefit the department.

"I think this will bring the capability of the officers to a high level," he said. The FBI National Academy was established in 1935 as a response to a 1930 study that recommended standardization and professionalization of law enforcement departments across the United States.