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On September 13th, 2018, Collier Township Police Chief Craig Campbell was among Two hundred and twenty-eight law enforcement executives that graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 273rd Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 48 states and twenty-five international countries. FBI Director Christopher Wray was the principal speaker at the ceremony and personally handed the diplomas to each graduate.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected law enforcement leaders having proven records as professionals within their agencies. Participation is by invitation only, through a nomination process with less than one percent of Police Officers nationwide selected to attend. Participants are drawn from every U.S. state and territory and from international partner nations.
The National Academy serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. The National Academy was launched in 1935 and since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.
The “Yellow Brick Road,” The final test of the fitness challenge, is a grueling 6.1-mile run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net, and more. When (and if) the students complete this difficult test, they receive an actual yellow brick to memorialize their achievement. The course came to be known as the “Yellow Brick Road” years ago, after the Marines placed yellow bricks at various spots to show runners the way through the wooded trail.