Downers Grove Police Chief Kurt Bluder announced that on Friday, March 18, 2016, Deputy Chief Shanon Gillette graduated from the 263rd session of the FBI National Academy. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the program offers 10 weeks of executive leadership training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.
The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Complex in Quantico, Virginia.
Police officers who attend the academy return to their communities better prepared to meet today's law enforcement challenges. The training included advanced instruction in cyber crime, constitutional law, media relations, organizational development, the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and physical fitness. Deputy Chief Gillette will receive a
certificate in graduate studies from the University of Virginia.
"Professional development of our leadership staff is an essential component in protecting our community," stated Chief Bluder. "Our continuing partnership with the FBI has made this type of education available to the Downers Grove Police Department."
Gillette reflected on his experience. "Attending the National Academy was an incredibly rewarding experience. I am grateful to the Village of Downers Grove and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the opportunity to train alongside such a distinguished group of law enforcement leaders. I would also like to thank my family and colleagues who supported my attendance at the academy."
Deputy Chief Gillette was one of 230 National Academy graduates, which included men and women from 47 states, the District of Columbia and 27 countries. He began his career as a police officer for the Village of Downers Grove in 1993.