Capt. William “C lay” Brister, a 22-year veteran with Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, on March 19, graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
The 240th session of the FBI National Academy consisted of 249 men and women from 50 states, the District of Columbia, 29 international countries, four military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. The ceremony, which recognized the accomplishments of leaders and managers from law enforcement and military organizations around the world, was the culmination of a 10-week intensive training program involving academic, physical, and hands-on training in all areas of law enforcement and leadership.
The FBI National Academy is considered the most prestigious law enforcement school available. The National Academy has long been a vital element in the continuing improvement of law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation throughout the world. The FBI National Academy provides a wide range of leadership and specialized training, as well as an opportunity for professional law enforcement officers to share ideas, techniques, and experiences. Attendees are invited after being nominated by their department. Once nominated, the Officers undergo an extensive background check and interview process. Admission to the FBI National Academy is very limited: only 1/2 of 1 percent of all law enforcement in the world is invited by the Director of the FBI to attend the academy. Law Enforcement officers from around the world submit to concentrated studies and demanding physical training for ten weeks. Once the officers graduate from the National Academy, they are encouraged to join the FBI National Academy Associates located in their state or region.
“The Academy offered a unique opportunity allowing me to expand my knowledge and leadership abilities both personally and professionally through a fast-paced learning atmosphere. I was able to share experiences as well as discuss any potential problems with others in law enforcement officers from around the world. The knowledge gained from sitting in a group of veteran law enforcement officers who come from departments as small as 10 employees to others whose agencies have over 5,000 employees was invaluable, Brister said.”
“I can say from the things I have learned there, that we in Rapides Parish have a Sheriff’s Office to be proud of. We are right up there with the rest on the cutting edge of the Law Enforcement world, he said.”
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is extremely fortunate and proud to have Captain Brister as the third deputy to graduate from the FBI National Academy to this date.