WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vandalia Police Lt. Kurt Althouse recently returned to Vandalia after spending 10 weeks at FBI headquarters in Quantico, Va.
Althouse joined law enforcement from 47 states, the District of Columbia, 24 countries, five military organizations, and federal organizations at the 268th session of the FBI National Academy Program.
The program, which is known for its academic excellence, gave attendees advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Training is provided by the FBI Academy’s instructional staff, FBI Special Agents, and other staff who hold advanced degrees.
“The Academy allows networking with agencies of all sizes and types,” said Althouse. “There were attendees from agencies as small as 10 officers to one, the Indonesian National Police, that had 600,000 officers. One of the things you learn is that, no matter the size, we all confront the same issues.”
The training is geared toward command staff and executives in the police department. Attendees must be nominated by their organization to be considered for selection. Althouse had been on a waiting list for over two years.
Althouse also attended classes on dealing with the media and social media during large scale events, criminal intelligence gathering, and handling at-risk employees.
Althouse said that a common theme among the attendees was the need to maintain and develop community support for police, police legitimacy, ensuring each person is treated equally and fairly. He said some departments, as has been depicted in the news, don’t have the support that the Vandalia Police Division has.
“We are very blessed to have the support of the community and positive interactions with people in the community,” said Althouse. “It was a very big honor to attend this on behalf of the City of Vandalia and to represent our community on both the national and international level. I met officers from all over the nation and the world and to be able to talk about our community, our department and share those experiences with them was certainly a great opportunity.”
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