FBI Charlotte
Public Affairs Specialist Shelley Lynch
December 13, 2018

Four North Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Graduate FBI National Academy

Four North Carolina law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy on December 13, 2018, during a ceremony held in Quantico, Virginia.

The officers are:

  • Deputy Chief Jim Baumstauk, Asheville Police Department;
  • Captain Brian Chism, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office;
  • Lieutenant Allen Hook, North Carolina State Highway Patrol; and
  • Lieutenant Wesley Tyson, Union County Sheriff’s Office.

As FBI National Academy graduates, these officers enter into a select group made up of less than one percent of the country’s law enforcement officers. They were hand-picked by their departments and, along with other officers from across the country, completed the 10-week course at the FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia. The course included instruction in law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication, and health/fitness.

The FBI National Academy has long been a benchmark for professional continuing education for law enforcement officers. Participants are drawn from every state in the union, from U.S. territories, and from over 150 partner nations. Police officers who attend the Academy return to their communities better prepared to meet criminal challenges.

The overall goal of the Academy is to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world.

The academy was created in 1935 with 23 students in the first class. It has grown over the years to the current enrollment of over 1,000 students a year.