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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office captain Jeff Smith graduated from 10-week FBI program on June 7

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Clackamas County Sheriffs Office Captain Jeff Smith graduated from the FBI National Academy on Friday, June 7.

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Captain Jeff Smith joined more than 200 other law enforcement professionals from across the world at the FBI National Academy.

On Friday, June 7, Smith graduated from the 10-week training session in Quantico, Va.

"The exceptional leaders selected to attend the National Academy have a great opportunity to share their experiences with peers and learn best practices from across the country and the world," said FBI Special Agent Renn Cannon. "Only a few law enforcement officers from Oregon attend each year, and we are proud to sponsor Captain Smith and our other local partners in the National Academy."

The selection process for the academy involves nomination by a supervisor, interviews with the candidate and co-workers, a background check, determination of physical fitness and the support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate's organization.

During the training, Smith and other local executive-level law enforcement officers took classes from the University of Virginia in advanced psychology of communication, fitness in law enforcement, psychology of leadership, emotional intelligence, managing the law enforcement image and contemporary issues in law enforcement.

Smith said the classes he enjoyed most were media relations and psychology of communication, but the most rewarding part of the program came outside of the classroom.

"Hands down, it was the opportunity to interact with 256 peers representing 49 states, 36 counties and six continents," he said, noting that he appreciated the diverse collection of experiences and perspectives.

Smith joined the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in 1995 as a deputy in the patrol division. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2004, deputy sergeant in 2008 and patrol lieutenant in 2012. Smith currently works as a division commander at the Sheriff's Office.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts congratulated Smith on his achievement.

"This incredible opportunity with the FBI allowed him to meet and study with leaders and experts from across the United States. It's a serious commitment. Thanks also to his family for supporting him during this intensive 10-week course," Roberts said.

Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the National Academy, and each session includes about 220 local law enforcement officers from around the U.S. and the world.

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