St. Helens Lieutenant Graduates from the FBI National Academy
Lt. Joe Hogue recently completed one of the toughest challenges available for local law enforcement officers: the FBI National Academy. In December, Lt. Hogue and two other Oregon law enforcement officer completed a 10-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 support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate’s organization.
“The National Academy program provides an exceptional opportunity for those few officers chosen each year to attend,” said Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon. “The Academy gives them the chance to explore many facets of law enforcement leadership and to share best practices with others from across the country and the world.”
Lt. Hogue began his career with the St. Helens Police Department in 1996 as a reserve officer, and the department hired him full-time in 1998. Over the years, he became the use-of-force and defensive tactics instructor for the department. In 2004, the chief promoted him to criminal detective, and, in 2007, he reached the rank of sergeant. In January 2014, Lt. Hogue started the St. Helens Police Department Reserve Officer Academy. Upon his return from the FBI National Academy program, he received a promotion to lieutenant.
“We are very proud of Lt. Hogue and his completion of the FBI National Academy,” said St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss. “As only a select few officers ever get the opportunity to attend, this demonstrates the caliber of officer and leader that he is. The training and FBINA experience will be incredibly valuable to Lt. Hogue and make him a tremendous asset to the community.”
During the 10 weeks of training, local executive level law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Lt. Hogue took classes in emotional intelligence, leading at risk employees, employment law, critical incident hostage negotiations, and public speaking. 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, they 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.