Issaquah Police officer selected for FBI training

February 23, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum will attend prestigious FBI National Academy training, the department announced last week.

The academy — a program taught at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. — trains U.S. and international law enforcement officers about how to improve the management of police departments and agencies, and raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. Behrbaum will attend the 241st session of the academy this spring.

“It is an honor to be selected and to be able to go,” he said.

The program selects participants from every state, U.S. territories and more than 150 other nations. Behrbaum will be among 250 officers from around the globe. Participants will take undergraduate- and graduate-level college courses. Offerings include leadership training and specialized courses, like cyber crime and behavioral analysis.

Behrbaum will attend courses focused on legal issues, leadership ethics, and counterterrorism and media relations. He said the program prompts participants to “look at the way you do things a little differently.”

The intense curriculum includes homework, too. Behrbaum expects to write research papers during the course of the training.

The physical fitness component of the course concludes with a challenge on a 6.1-mile, wooded obstacle course known as the Yellow Brick Road.

Besides the assignments, Behrbaum said he looks forward to meeting other law enforcement officers and learning about how different agencies handle public safety issues.

The federal agency accepts fewer than 1 percent of the officers who apply for the course. Behrbaum and other successful applicants went through a nomination process and comprehensive background check.

“Attending the National Academy is an once-in-a-lifetime experience for Cmdr. Behrbaum,” Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said in a statement. “The skills and knowledge he will bring back to Issaquah will be extremely beneficial for our community. I am also very thankful for the help and support of the FBI, as well as the FBI Seattle Division Office, which sponsored Cmdr. Behrbaum as a candidate.”

The police department includes National Academy alumni. Ayers graduated from the session in 1992; Deputy Chief Steve Cozart completed the program in 2005.

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