Eddie Lopez, husband of Sealy News Publisher Karen Lopez and an officer in the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, was one of 256 law enforcement officers who graduated Friday from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
The 277th session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 50 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 34 countries, five military organizations, and nine federal civilian organizations.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
FBI Director Christopher Asher Wray delivered remarks at the ceremony. Class spokesperson Angela Hawkins of the Brentwood, Mo., Police Department represented the graduating officers.
FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff with advanced degrees provided the training; many instructors are recognized internationally in their fields. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered.
A total of 52,282 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.