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KSP Officer Graduates from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Program

Date of News Release: 10/31/2005

An image of Lt. Nathan C. Kent(HICKORY, KY) - Lieutenant Nathan C. Kent, an eleven year veteran of the Kentucky State Police, and a 1994 graduate of Indiana University along with two hundred and forty-six other law enforcement officers graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia on September 16, 2005. The 222nd Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from forty-eight states, the District of Columbia, twenty-one international countries, four military organizations, and four Federal civilian organizations.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers ten weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have nineteen years of law enforcement experience, and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive level positions.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, was the principal speaker at the ceremony.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced training degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn both undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.

The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Captain David R. Paravecchia, U.S. Army, Provost Marshall Office, West Point, New York. A total of 38,485 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 22,879 are still active in law enforcement work.

Kent has returned to work at the Mayfield Post where he continues to serve as the Operations Lieutenant.

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