The FBI Academy, dedicated to being the world’s premier law enforcement learning and research center and an advocate for law enforcement’s best practices worldwide, is operated by the Bureau’s Training Division.
Situated on 547 acres within the immense Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, the FBI Academy is just one of many facets of the Training Division, whose work reaches far beyond the confines of the campus grounds. The Training Division includes more than 500 special agents, intelligence analysts, professional staff, and contractors that support the training goals of the FBI.
While new agents are typically synonymous with the FBI Academy, the Training Division instructs many diverse groups of people, including:
The Academy offers many training programs, including:
- Firearms, which trains new agents to discharge all Bureau-issued weapons in a safe and effective manner;
- Hogan’s Alley, a training complex simulating a small town where FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) new agent trainees learn investigative techniques, firearms skills, and defensive tactics. Hogan’s Alley also houses functioning classrooms, administrative and maintenance areas, and audiovisual facilities;
- Tactical and Emergency Vehicle Operations Center (TEVOC), which teaches safe, efficient driving techniques to FBI and DEA personnel and other government and military personnel;
- Counterterrorism and Forensic Research and Training Center, part of the FBI Laboratory, which supports the Training Division by providing forensic instruction to new FBI and DEA agents; National Academy students; FBI in-service students; and federal, state, and local law enforcement agency personnel;
- Survival Skills, a program that gives new agents and law enforcement officers the skills and mindset required to identify and handle critical situations in high-risk environments;
- Behavioral Sciences, which provides training that helps law enforcement personnel better understand criminals and terrorists—who they are, how they think, why they act as they do—in order to help solve crimes and prevent attacks;
- Law Enforcement Executive Development, which includes the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminars (LEEDS) designed for chief executive officers of the nation’s mid-sized law enforcement agencies, and Regional Command Colleges which train chief executives and certain second-in-command officers at smaller agencies.
The Academy also houses the FBI Library that maintains complete and up-to-date law enforcement information from around the world and offers a variety of audiovisual materials, legal publications, government documents, periodicals, and online resources