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March 15, 2024

Three Local Law Enforcement Professionals Graduate From FBI National Academy

The FBI Sacramento Field Office congratulates three local law enforcement professionals on their graduation from FBI National Academy Session #289. Each of the graduates represents a law enforcement agency based within the 34-county region the FBI Sacramento Field Office serves.

Photo of Modesto Police Department Chief Brandon Gillespie
Photo of Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Brandon Pursell, Jr.
Photo of  California Highway Patrol Lieutenant Noah Hawkins
Chief Brandon Gillespie,
Modesto Police Department
Lt. Brandon Pursell, Jr.,
Fresno County Sheriff’s Office
Lt. Noah Hawkins,
California Highway Patrol

On March 15, 197 law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. This session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 23 countries, four military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations.

Since its founding in 1935, a total of 54,960 law enforcement professionals have graduated the FBI National Academy. The program originally launched as the “FBI Police Training School” in response to the 1930 Wickersham Commission Report, which recommended 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.

The goals of the modern FBI National Academy include improving administration of justice in police departments and agencies both at home and abroad and raising law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.