Springfield Police Deputy Chief Andrew Dodd has graduated as a member of the 288th session of the FBI National Academy. The graduation occurred at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on December 7, 2023. Deputy Chief Dodd is the first officer to complete this prestigious program in over thirteen years. Nationally, less than one percent of officers can attend the program.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
The 288th session consisted of one hundred and ninety-eight law enforcement officers from 45 states and the District of Columbia and members of law enforcement agencies from 24 countries, four military organizations, and six federal civilian organizations.
Springfield Police Chief Ken Scarlette says that in Deputy Chief Dodd's distinguished 20-year career, he has consistently demonstrated his capability and eagerness to lead our agency. His completion of training at the renowned international academy is just one illustration of his servant leadership. Deputy Chief Dodd continues to prioritize the well-being of the officers under his command and Springfield's citizens. I am assured that the innovative strategies acquired at the FBINA will be implemented to enhance our community for years ahead.
About the FBI National Academy
FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other advanced-level staff provide the training; many instructors are recognized internationally in their fields. Since 1972, National Academy students have earned undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many courses. 54,763 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.