Portland Police Bureau Lieutenant Graduates from the FBI National Academy
Lieutenant David Abrahamson, Portland Police Bureau, recently completed one of the toughest challenges available to local law enforcement officers: the FBI National Academy. In mid-September, Lt. Abrahamson and two other Oregon law enforcement officers completed a ten-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
There is a highly competitive process local law enforcement officers must go through to be selected for this honor. That process includes a nomination by a supervisor; interviews with 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 opportunity to attend the National Academy each year,” said Renn Cannon, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon. “The Academy gives them the chance to share best practices and explore many facets of law enforcement leadership with others from across the country and the world.”
Lt. Abrahamson started his law enforcement career with the Portland Police Bureau more than 18 years ago and considers it a privilege to serve the community that he has lived in since his youth. In 2000, he began his career as an officer with Patrol Operations in the Northeast Precinct. Four years later he transferred to the Drugs and Vice Division and was part of the Regional Organized Crime Narcotics Task Force. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2011 and moved to the East Precinct where he worked in Patrol Operations, on Rapid Response Team, and on the Major Crash Team. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2017 and now serves in the Detective Division.
“Lt. Abrahamson has been a committed member of the Portland Police Bureau throughout his career, and I’m certain he applied the same dedication to his time at the FBI National Academy,” said Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw. “We are looking forward to him returning to the Police Bureau in our investigations branch and apply the leadership knowledge and experience he has gained.”
During the ten weeks of training, local executive-level law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Lt. Abrahamson’s National Academy classes included: Essentials for Law Enforcement Leaders; Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement; Emotional Intelligence; Leading At-Risk Employees; Approaches to Counterterrorism; and Fitness in Law Enforcement. The program allows 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 and around the world. While in the academy, the officers and deputies 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.