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This Day in FBI History: National Academy Gets a Global Boost

On August 7, 1962—50 years ago today—President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order that, among other things, encouraged increased attendance by international students at the FBI’s National Academy, which has provided professional training to law enforcement leaders since 1935. As a result of the order, the number of overseas students began to rise steadily. In this picture, taken later that year, President Kennedy received an honorary special agent badge from Director J. Edgar Hoover following the graduation of the 70th session of the National Academy. To date, 3,241 international police officers from 180 countries have graduated from the National Academy (out of a total of 45,818 graduates). For more information, visit the National Academy website at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/training/national-academy.