D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - D'Iberville Police Captain Keith Davis is now the department's first graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
On Friday, Davis, and 262 other graduates from the United States and 22 other countries, were personally awarded diplomas by FBI Director Robert Mueller.
D'Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne said the academy was first started under J. Edgar Hoover whose vision was to offer cutting edge training in a host of disciplines to local law enforcement agencies across America that could not otherwise afford such training. Over the years, the Academy program has developed into the nation's most sought after training among law enforcement executives, less than 1/10 of one percent of who are selected to attend.
The Academy 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."
Leaders and managers of state and local police departments, sheriffs' offices, military police organizations, and federal law enforcement agencies attend this training and competition is fierce. Participation is by invitation only, though a detailed nomination process.
Participants are drawn from every state in the union, from U.S. territories, and from over 150 international partner nations. Approximately 270 police officials are chosen to attend the 10 week program which runs four sessions per year.
Chief Payne received notification of the selection of Davis in March of this year. He went on to add that he is proud of Davis's contributions to his department and, more particularly, of Captain Davis's successful completion of the rigorous program of physical and collegiate-level academic instruction in Quantico.
He added that this milestone is also a boon for the citizens of D'Iberville. Having only been established as a full service police department since October 2008, this accomplishment serves as an example of the commitment his agency has to maintain the most highly educated, professional and prepared public safety staff for the benefit and well being of the citizens of D'Iberville.