FBI National Academy Turns 75

August 6, 2010

The FBI National Academy turned 75 this year.

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Ms. Ballew: The FBI National Academy turned 75 this year.

Dr. Fox: “The academy came into being in discussions between Attorney General Homer Cummings, J. Edgar Hoover, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. They wanted to find a way to professionalize police work.”

Ms. Ballew: Dr. John Fox, FBI historian, says domestic and international officers have been trained. Topics match the threats of the day. In the 1930s…

Dr. Fox: “The latest in forensic science, how to make molds, how to gather evidence so that it could be sent to the FBI Lab, police management issues, how to deal with specific cases, how to deal with gangster violence, for instance.”

Ms. Ballew: And today…

Dr. Fox: “Training consists of things from terrorism prevention to dealing with violent street gangs or major drug enterprises.”

Ms. Ballew: After graduation…

Dr. Fox: “We especially like to see it when officers take the training and go back and start up their own training programs.”

Ms. Ballew: More than 43,000 have graduated from the academy. I’m Denise Ballew of the Bureau and that’s what’s happening at the “FBI, This Week.”

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