Four officers from the Houston area were among the 238 law enforcement professionals who graduated from the 286th session of the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia this week.

This National Academy class consisted of men and women from 47 U.S. states, five military organizations, six federal civilian organizations, and 25 nations from around the world. FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered remarks at the graduation ceremony.

The officers from the Houston area were:

• Assistant Chief Michael “Chris” Perkins from the College Station Police Department

• Commander Orville Wright III from the Aldine ISD Police Department

• Lieutenant DeWayne Curtis from the Houston Police Department

• Detective Stephen Jimenez from the Wharton Police Department

Experienced FBI instructors, special agents, and professional support teams provide specialized trainings during each National Academy session. Many of these same instructors are internationally renowned for their advanced work in various disciplines of criminology. Moreover, students can earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which has accredited many National Academy courses since 1972.

Recognized worldwide for its academic excellence, the FBI’s National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication courses, leadership classes, and fitness challenges. Candidates must demonstrate proven records as professionals within their agencies to even be considered for selection into the program. On average, graduates have served over 20 years in law enforcement and typically hold executive-level positions after returning to their respective agencies.

Since its inception in 1935, more than 54,300 public safety professionals have graduated from the FBI National Academy. The National Academy is held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA at the same facility where new FBI special agents and intelligence analysts receive training and instruction.