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SPD Lieutenant Ball Graduates from FBI National Academy

Posted 03-22-22.

On March 18, 2022, 258 law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy Program (FBINA) at Quantico, Virginia. Sevierville Police Department Lieutenant Robbie Ball completed the FBINA as part of the 281st session. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the FBINA provides ten weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.

Leaders and managers of state, local, county, tribal police, military, federal, and international law enforcement agencies attend the FBI National Academy. Participation is by invitation only, through a nomination process. Participants are drawn from every U.S. state and territory and from international partner nations.

“Attending and graduating from the FBI National Academy is one of the highest accomplishments for a law enforcement officer,” SPD Chief Joseph Manning said. “Lieutenant Ball, as the School Resource Officer supervisor, is an important leader in our department and plays a vital role in our community.”

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More on the FBINA

The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The 10-week program—which provides 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 agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.

The course of study
Sessions of approximately 265 officers take undergraduate and/or graduate courses at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia. Classes are offered in a diverse set of areas and officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized trainings. Officers share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other and create lifelong partnerships that transcend state and national borders.