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Mitchell's Walton graduates FBI academy

A Mitchell police officer recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va.

Sgt. Scott Walton was among 220 law enforcement officers in the 255th session of the National Academy, which consisted of men and women from 46 states. Included in the class are member of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 17 international countries, six military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

Since the academy began in July 1935, 47,254 graduates represent the academy. Of this number, approximately 29,741 are still active in law enforcement.