Canby Police Department Lt. Jose Gonzalez recently completed one of the toughest challenges available to local law enforcement officers - the FBI National Academy.
Gonzalez and three other Oregon law enforcement officers graduated a 10-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on March 13.
There is a highly competitive process local law enforcement officers must go through to be selected for this training. That process includes a nomination by a supervisor; interviews with the candidate and co-workers to determine leadership skills and abilities; a background check; a determination of physical fitness; and the support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate's organization.
"The exceptional leaders selected for the National Academy have the opportunity to learn and share best practices with other elite law enforcement officers from across the country and the world," said Renn Cannon, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon. "Only a few officers from Oregon have the chance to attend each year and we are proud to sponsor Lt. Gonzalez and our other local partners in the National Academy."
Gonzalez is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. He earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Portland State University in 1994 and later started his law enforcement career with the Canby Police Department in 1996. He made a lateral transfer to the Portland Police Bureau in 1998 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2005. He has had many assignments with the Portland Police Bureau, including the FBI Safe Street taskforce.
Gonzalez retired from the Portland Police Bureau in 2019 and accepted a position as a lieutenant with the Canby Police Department. He is currently serving as the lieutenant for the investigation unit, code enforcement/evidence unit, taskforce partnerships, and internal affairs.
"I am most appreciative of the opportunity for Lt. Jose Gonzalez to participate in the excellent training provided by the FBI National Academy," said Chief Bret Smith, Canby Police Department. "His nomination and eventual selection to the academy is an indication of his exceptional leadership qualities and admirable character. We look forward to his return to serve our agency and community with his enhanced knowledge and skills."
During the 10 weeks of training, law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Gonzalez's National Academy classes included: Leadership Essentials for Law Enforcement; National Security and Intelligence for Law Enforcement Executives; Fitness in Law Enforcement; Effective Writing; and Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement.
Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the National Academy. Each session includes about 220 local law enforcement officers from throughout the United States and around the world. While in the academy, the officers and deputies live in a dorm-like setting. The FBI does not charge U.S. students for tuition, books, equipment, meals, lodging or travel to and from their home.
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