Medina Police Chief Edgar Belland, Friday, March 22, graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
Chief Belland was one of 268 law enforcement officers that completed the 10-week advanced investigative, management and fitness training program held at the FBI Academy. This was the 252nd training session held by the FBI for law enforcement officials around the world. There were officers from 49 states, including the District of Columbia, 27 from international countries, four from military organizations, and five from federal agencies. FBI Director Robert Mueller presented students with their certificates at the graduation ceremony.
Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees. Many are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.
Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to accreditation of the National Academy.
Chief Belland commented about his FBI Academy experience, “The training was excellent, relevant, and addressed the issues facing the law enforcement community today and into the future. The academy classes focused on all aspects of developing the law enforcement professional.”
“Along with the academics requirement, we were pushed physically,” Belland said. “The physical training focused on high intensity and nutrition. Our final physical test was the 6.1 mile Marine obstacle course call the ‘Yellow Brick Road.’ It consisted of 27 different obstacles throughout the 6.1 mile run. It was challenging and fulfilling at the same time.”
He added, “Attending and completing the FBI Academy is one of the high-lights of my career thus far. I come home with more knowledge and experience to share with my colleagues and staff. I have developed contacts around the world to rely on when needed. It was an experience of a lifetime and a privilege to attend this prestigious academy.”
Belland said it would not have been possible for him to attend the FBI Academy without the support of Medina City Administrator Scott Johnson, the Medina City Council, his staff, family, and friends.