Editor’s Note: This is the 10th in a series of articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2018 that were the most noteworthy events of the year. The Apopka Voice will publish them starting today and running until Sunday, December 30th. On December 31st and January 1st, we will publish a poll and let the readers decide on which story is the most impactful of the year.

First published on September 21st, 2018

The FBI National Academy (FBINA) is a professional course of study for law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The 10-week program, which provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science, 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 worldwide.

Captain Jerome Miller of the Apopka Police Department

On September 14th, Captain Jerome Miller of the Apopka Police Department graduated from the FBINA. Miller attended Session 273, which consisted of approximately 220 law enforcement officials from around the world. Miller completed undergraduate and/or graduate courses at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia. Classes were offered in the following areas of study: intelligence theory, terrorism, and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science.

The FBINA began in 1935 and was created in response to a 1930 study by the Wickersham Commission that recommended the standardization and professionalization of law enforcement departments across the United States through centralized training. With strong support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and with the authority of Congress and the Department of Justice, the “FBI Police Training School”, now known as the FBI National Academy, was born.

In addition to the academic work, Miller was required to participate in a demanding fitness program.  The final test of which is called the “Yellow Brick Road”. This is a grueling 6.1-mile run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net, and more.  The course came to be known as the “Yellow Brick Road” years ago after the Marines placed yellow bricks at various spots to show runners the way through the wooded trail.  Captain Miller completed this difficult test and received an actual yellow brick to memorialize his achievement.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience,” Miller said in remarks to the City Council at their Wednesday meeting. “I got to spend time with 228 people representing law enforcement agencies from all over the world. We talked a lot about our experiences and it seemed like we were all dealing with the same issues either on a smaller or bigger scale. I hope I represented Apopka well and created a pipeline for other individuals to attend the National Academy. It was worthwhile training, but I’m glad to be back home.”

Miller is the first Apopka police officer to attend this prestigious law enforcement management training.


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