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KSP Lieutenant Graduates from FBI National Academy

Date of News Release: 06/22/2011

Lieutenant John Clark

(Bowling Green, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green Commander, Captain Lisa Rudzinski would like to congratulate Lieutenant John Clark on his graduation from the 245th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy.

On June 10, 2011, Lieutenant John Clark, graduated from the FBI's National Academy in Quantico, VA. The FBI National Academy is a 10-week course with participants from 49 states and 26 countries. The academy is designed as an advanced leadership course covering a range of topics including physical fitness, stress, media relations, and violent crime.

Lt. Clark was one of 246 participants who resided at the FBI Academy campus that is situated within the Quantico Marine Corps Base in Northern Virginia. The course was not only challenging academically, but also physically. Participants took part in weekly fitness challenges that led up to a final 6.2 mile confidence course called "The Yellow Brick Road". When, and if, students complete this difficult test, they receive an actual yellow brick to memorialize their achievement.

The course came to be known as the "Yellow Brick Road" years ago, after the Marines placed yellow bricks at various spots to show runners the way through the wooded trail. The overall fitness challenge began at the National Academy in 1981 and has evolved over the years and started awarding yellow bricks in 1988.

The FBI's National Academy started July 29, 1935, with 23 students in attendance. It was created in response to a 1930 study by the Wickersham Commission that recommended the standardization and professionalization of the law enforcement departments across the U.S. through centralized training. With strong support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and with the authority of Congress and the Department of Justice, the "FBI Police Training School" was born. Courses at that time included scientific aids in crime detection, preparation of reports, criminal investigation techniques, and administration and organization.

"I am very proud of this significant accomplishment for Lt. Clark. His National Academy experience has enhanced many skills beneficial for effective operations within the department and the public he serves so selflessly", commented Captain Lisa Rudzinski.

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