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Lt. Brad Sitton recently attended the FBI Academy in Virginia for an intensive 10-course involving law enforcement techniques.

COURTESY TIGARD POLICE DEPARTMENT - Lt. Brad SittonTigard Police Department Lt. Brad Sitton recently completed one of the toughest challenges available to local law enforcement officers: the FBI National Academy. He and two other Oregon law enforcement officers graduated from a 10-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in September.

This process to attend the training session is very competitive and 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 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 Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "Only a few law enforcement officers from Oregon attend each year, and we are proud to sponsor Lt. Sitton and our other local partners in the National Academy." 

Sitton has been in law enforcement since 2003 and full time since 2006, all with the Tigard Police Department. He has served as a field training officer, a firearms instructor, a training officer, a motor officer, a sergeant, and a patrol lieutenant. He currently serves as an investigations lieutenant. 

"One of the Tigard Police Department's strategic priorities is to strengthen our leadership system," said Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine. "Investing in the future through succession planning is one area of focus. The FBI National Academy has a long-standing reputation as one of the leading professional development institutes for executive level training. Lt. Sitton represented the Tigard Police Department in a professional manner, and we are excited to have him back."  

During the training, officers spend most of their time in the classroom, attending such classes involving such topics as forensics; cyber crimes; counter terrorism; essentials for law enforcement executives; and physical fitness and wellness training.

The program allows participants the opportunity to earn college credits through the University of Virginia for some of those studies.  

Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the FBI National Academy, consisting of 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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