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March 15, 2019

Four Law Enforcement Professionals Graduate FBI National Academy

Law Enforcement Professionals From Woodland Police, Modesto Police, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, and California Highway Patrol, El Centro Division, Join More Than 51,000 Who Have Completed the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia

Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sacramento Field Office announces the graduation of four law enforcement professionals representing the 34-county region the field office serves from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The officers who graduated today are:

  • Lieutenant Rigo De Alba, Modesto Police Department
  • Deputy Chief Derrek Kaff, Woodland Police Department
  • Captain Arturo Proctor, California Highway Patrol, El Centro Division
  • Lieutenant Joshua Behr Tharsing, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office

Four FBI National Academy classes are held each year. Each FBI National Academy class accommodates approximately 220 law enforcement professionals representing local, county, tribal, state, military, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as more than 150 partner nations. The training program serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.

During the 10-week, executive-level professional course of study, students reside and train at the FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia. They attend courses including intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science. Following graduation, each officer has the opportunity to join the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc., a dynamic organization of more than 16,000 law enforcement professionals who continue developing higher levels of competency, cooperation, and integrity across the law enforcement community.

The FBI does not charge students from law enforcement agencies in the United States for tuition, books, equipment, meals, lodging, or travel to and from the training facility.

The National Academy was created as the “FBI Police Training School” in 1935 in response to the 1930 Wickersham Commission report recommending standardization and professionalization of law enforcement in the United States though centralized training. At the time, courses included scientific aids in crime detection, preparation of reports, and criminal investigation techniques as well as administration and organization. Courses pertaining to espionage and sabotage were offered as World War II began. More than 51,000 law enforcement professionals have graduated from the FBI National Academy.

To learn more about the FBI National Academy, visit https://www.fbi.gov/services/training-academy/national-academy.