FBI Chicago
Special Agent Siobhan Johnson
(312) 829-1199
March 25, 2024

FBI-Chicago Recognizes Four Local Law Enforcement Professionals from FBI National Academy Graduation

CHICAGO—Robert W. “Wes” Wheeler Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Division, announced the graduation of four local law enforcement professionals from the FBI National Academy 289th Session. This National Academy class consisted of men and women from 47 American states and the District of Columbia, four military organizations, five federal civilian organizations, and 23 nations around the world. The graduation took place at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on March 15.

FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered remarks at the graduation ceremony. The four graduating officers from the Chicagoland area were recognized:

  • Deputy Chief John Burke from the Barrington Police Department
  • Deputy Chief Ryan Conway from the Wheaton Police Department
  • Deputy Chief Micah Nuesse from the New Lenox Police Department
  • Lieutenant Thelma Vega from the Chicago Police Department

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, National Academy graduates have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to service in executive-level positions.

FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training. Many instructors are internationally recognized in their fields.

A total of 54,985 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains new special agents and intelligence analysts.

More information about the FBI’s National Academy can be found online.