Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that Sheriff’s Sergeant William Meyer has graduated from the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy .
Sergeant Meyer attended the 253rd session of the FBI National Academy in a class that included two hundred seventeen enforcement officials from twenty international countries, all fifty states, and the District of Columbia. FBI Director, Robert S. Mueller, III, presented diplomas to the graduates in a ceremony held on June 14, 2013 at the Academy facilities in Quantico, Virginia.
Internationally renowned for its academic excellence, the National Academy is an eleven week program of instruction in a broad spectrum of law enforcement disciplines, including legal issues, advanced investigative techniques, police management, professional ethics and fitness training. The Academy instructional staff is comprised of veteran FBI special agents and other instructors holding advanced academic degrees, many of whom are recognized as experts in their fields.
The FBI National Academy program is academically accredited through its affiliation with the University of Virginia. Completion of the program qualifies graduates to earn up to seventeen undergraduate college credits of coursework in various subjects, including the following course titles: Executive Leadership; Interviewing Strategies; Computer Crimes for Police Supervisors; Psychology of Communication; Labor Law; and Physical Fitness in Law Enforcement.
Appointment of candidates to the FBI National Academy is highly selective process and many police professionals consider the experience to be a high point, or even the crowning achievement, of a successful law enforcement career. Less than one percent of the nation’s law enforcement officials and even a smaller percentage of eligible candidates from other countries are selected to attend the program, for which there is currently a waiting list. To date, more than 45,000 persons have graduated from the Academy, which has generally held four sessions each year since its inception in July 1935. A number of graduates are still active in law enforcement.
Sergeant Meyer joins nine other active members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office who have graduated from the Academy. Those members are: Chief Criminal Investigator A. Gerald Schramek; Captains William J. McNamara and Thomas Velotti; First Sergeant Paul Boscia; Senior Investigator Mark E. Gilmore; Sergeants Frank Christian, Michael Szabo and Kevin Cargain and Investigator John Matrician.
Sergeant Meyer is assigned as the department’s Administrative Sergeant. He is a seventeen year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, having served in the Correctional Facility, the Patrol Division and nearly seven years as a School Resource Officer with the Brewster Central School District.
Sheriff Smith commended Sergeant Meyer for his successful completion of the Academy program