FBI National Academy

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Christopher Wray congratulates Melbourne Police Commander Marc Claycomb on his graduation from the FBI National Academy, an achievement only 220 people accomplished this year.

MELBOURNE – Melbourne Police Commander Marc Claycomb recently graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The veteran law enforcement officer gained a wealth of knowledge and developed international relationships through completing the program.

The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for American and international law enforcement managers. Program attendees must be nominated by their agencies based on demonstrated leadership qualities.

“I commend Commander Marc Claycomb for his outstanding achievement,” said Melbourne Chief of Police David Gillespie. “This training will assist him with his leadership skills as we lead the Melbourne Police Department into the future. I also want to thank the FBI for their continued partnership and for allowing Commander Claycomb this opportunity to train with some (of) our country’s best leaders."

Commander Claycomb is one of only 220 persons to complete the program this year. His fellow graduates represent 48 states, the District of Columbia, 25 countries, four military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

“The FBI National Academy is the industry standard in executive leadership and supervisory skills and management – I was honored to attend,” Commander Claycomb said.

In 1930, a study by the Wickersham Commission recommended the standardization and professionalization of law enforcement departments across America through centralized training. This Prohibition era recommendation led to the creation of the FBI National Academy in 1935.

Today, the 10-week program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science. The curriculum 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 globally. Attendees lean on each other, share techniques and experiences and build partnerships that last long after the graduation cake is eaten.

“In addition to completing master’s level work in key academic areas, I also had the opportunity to network and build strong ties with law enforcement leaders in 48 states and 25 countries, as well as with our partners in the FBI,” said Commander Claycomb. “This experience will help me help the MPD meet its goals to protect our community in the most efficient and effective way possible and will help ensure we are using the best techniques and are accessing all the available resources to meet –or exceed– those goals.”

The FBI National Academy also places emphasis on fitness. By the time they graduate, attendees have logged significant time on the Yellow Brick Road, a 6.1-mile wooded trail with obstacle course components built by the United States Marines. Runners trek through creeks, climb over walls, barbed wire, muddy diversions, a cargo net and other obstacles to complete the course.

Commander Claycomb has worked in law enforcement for 27 years. He has served with the Melbourne Police Department for 21 years and has been a commander since 2010. Over the course of his career, Commander Claycomb has served in multiple divisions, including Operations/Patrol, Professional Standards, and Support Services. At present, he oversees the Criminal Investigations Divisions, however, he is moving to the Special Operations Division.

For more information about the FBI National Academy, visit www.fbi.gov.

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