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December 8, 2023

Houston Area Law Enforcement Officers Graduate From the FBI National Academy

Yesterday, four officers from the Houston area and our very own, Special Agent Brian Wentz, were among the 198 law enforcement professionals who graduated from the 288th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. This National Academy class consisted of men and women from 45 American states and the District of Columbia, 4 military organizations, 6 federal civilian organizations, and 24 countries.

FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered remarks at the graduation ceremony. The Houston area officers are listed below:

  • Chief Deputy Jimmy Evans, Fort Bend County Constable’s Office, Precinct 3
  • Lieutenant Karen Kramer, Bellaire Police Department
  • Lieutenant Ryan Watson, Houston Police Department
  • Lieutenant Jason Tovar, Webster Police Department
  • Special Agent Brian Wentz, FBI Houston Field Office

Experienced FBI instructors, special agents, and professional support teams provide specialized trainings at the National Academy. Many of these same instructors are internationally renowned for their advanced work in various disciplines of criminology. Moreover, students can earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which has accredited many National Academy courses since 1972.

Recognized worldwide for its academic excellence, the FBI’s National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication courses, leadership classes, and fitness challenges. Candidates must demonstrate proven records as professionals within their agencies to even be considered for selection into the program. On average, graduates have served over 20 years in law enforcement and typically hold executive-level positions after returning to their respective agencies.

Since its inception in 1935, more than 54,500 public safety professionals have graduated from the FBI National Academy. The National Academy is held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, at the same facility where new FBI special agents and intelligence analysts receive training and instruction.