Corvallis Lieutenant Graduates from the FBI National Academy
Lt. Jason Harvey recently completed one of the toughest challenges available for local law enforcement officers—the FBI National Academy. In mid-March, Lt. Harvey and two other Oregon law enforcement officer completed a ten-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
There is a highly competitive process that local law enforcement officers must go through before being selected for this honor. That process includes a nomination by a supervisor; interviews of the candidate and co-workers to determine leadership skills and abilities; a background check; a determination of physical fitness; and the support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate’s organization.
“Only a few law enforcement officers from Oregon have the chance to attend the National Academy each year,” said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “The exceptional leaders selected to participate have a great opportunity to share their experiences with peers and to learn best practices from officers from across the country and the world.”
Lt. Harvey has more than 19 years of law enforcement experience, starting as a reserve police officer with the West Linn Police Department. Since joining the Corvallis Police Department in 1997, Lt. Harvey has served as a police officer, field training officer, canine handler, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. Lt. Harvey also serves as a department firearms instructor and deputy medical examiner. Lt. Harvey is currently assigned to the Community Service Division as the investigations lieutenant.
“We are very proud of Lt. Jason Harvey. Being selected to attend and graduating from the FBI National Academy is a significant accomplishment and milestone in his career,” said Corvallis Police Chief Jon Sassaman. “The education, challenges, and exposure he’s experienced at the National Academy are unmatched opportunities. I know Lt. Harvey has benefitted from this experience, and we are excited to have him return and continue to serve the Corvallis community.”
During the ten weeks of training, local executive-level law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Lt. Harvey’s classes included Behavioral Science for Law Enforcement Leadership; Leadership: Spirituality, Wellness, and Vitality; Drugs, Society, and Contemporary Drug Enforcement Strategies; and Overview of Forensic Science for Police Administrators and Managers. The program allows the participants the opportunity to earn college credits through the University of Virginia for some of those studies. In addition to the classroom work, participants have physical training courses and activities.
Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the National Academy. Each session includes about 220 local law enforcement officers from around the United States as well as from around the world. While in the Academy, the officers and deputies will live in a dorm-like setting. The FBI does not charge U.S. students for tuition, books, equipment, meals, lodging, or travel to and from their home.