S: FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY 2011 (SESSION 244) - QUANTICO, VIRGINIA
BC: CLASS OF 2011
1: The National Academy The FBI National Academy is 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 agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. Its mission is "to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world." Participation is by invitation only, though a nomination process. Participants are drawn from every state in the union, from U.S. territories, and from over 150 international partner nations.
2: THE CAMPUS IS TOP OF THE LINE WITH A POOL, GYM, LIBRARY, CAFETERIA, BAR, LOUNGE AND CLASSROOMS.
3: For 10 classroom-hour weeks, four times a year, classes of some 250 officers take undergraduate and/or graduate college courses at our Quantico, Virginia, campus in the following areas: law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication, and health/fitness. Officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, and they share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that span state and national lines.
4: Hogan's Alley, built by Hollywood set designers, is located on 10+ acres at the Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The mock town is shared with new DEA recruits, as well as with state, local, federal, and global partners at the Academy for training.
5: The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is the nation's monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety,and protection of our nation and its people. | Mike's good friend and co-worker, Keith Hashimoto who has killed in the line of duty in Reno, has his name on the Memorial wall in Washington, DC. | VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL (BELOW, LEFT AND RIGHT) | NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL
6: N E W Y O R K | this is ground zero from 9-11 | nyfd fire boat 343 in memory of 343 firemen who died on 9-11
7: A WEEKEND TRIP TO NEW YORK WITH A TOUR FROM THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT, A TRIP TO GROUND ZERO, FINE DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT.
9: PHILADELPHIA | A WEEKEND TRIP TO PHILADELPHIA
10: ST. PATRICK'S DAY 8K MARATHON WASHINGTON, DC | MIKE AND ROCKY
12: THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD The final fitness challenge consists of a 6.1-mile grueling run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net, and more. When (and if) the students complete this difficult test, they receive an actual yellow brick to memorialize their achievement. Mike is proud to say he was successful!
13: GRADUATION DAY! FRIDAY MARCH 18, 2011 | Mike's graduation was attended by Denise and his parents, Ken and Jeanette. After graduation we toured Virginia and Washington D.C. for a few days.
14: WASHINGTON MONUMENT
15: MT. VERNON HOME OF GEORGE WASHINGTON Alexandria, Virginia
16: THE WHITE HOUSE | WE MANAGED TO ENCOUNTER A PROTEST DURING OUR VISIT TO THE WHITE HOUSE. LOTS OF SECURITY AND ANGRY PROTESTERS.
18: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY Washington, DC
19: TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
20: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY (ABOVE) JEFFERSON MEMORIAL (BELOW)
21: WASHINGTON, D.C. | We visited the U.S.Capitol, Ford's Theatre, and many museums in Washington, D.C.