Charlotte County, FL – September 21, 2022
Two hundred and thirty-four law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on September 13, 2022. The 283rd session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 21 countries, five military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. Among the graduates was our very own Lieutenant Christopher Williams.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
FBI Director Christopher Asher Wray delivered remarks at the ceremony. Class spokesperson Charlotte McKee of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources represented the graduating officers.
FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training; many instructors are recognized internationally in their fields. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered.
A total of 53,670 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.
“I am extremely proud of Lt. Chris Williams and his dedication to his work here in Charlotte County. Not only is he a dedicated law enforcement officer, but he volunteers and gives back to the community in so many ways,” boasts Sheriff Bill Prummell.
Lt. Chris Williams has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from American Public University, a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security from Kaplan University, and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership from University of Virginia. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County and the CCSO Employee Assistance Fund.