Lt. Becker at the FBI National Academy

Editor’s note: EPPD Lt. Dave Becker was selected to participate in the FBI’s National Academy, a law enforcement executive leadership course, which runs July–September 2018. Lt. Becker will periodically submit blog posts on his time at the Academy.

In early July I drove 20 hours in two days from Eden Prairie to Quantico, VA, where, for the next 10 weeks, I will attend the FBI’s National Academy along with 227 other law enforcement professionals from 25 countries.

As I was driving, I thought about how, exactly 30 years ago, I attended a 12-week law enforcement skills program to start my career, and now I am attending the FBI National Academy to further my leadership education toward the end of my career.

While the National Academy offers coursework in everything from terrorism to forensic science, there is an underlying theme of learning more about myself and what kind of leader I am. The Academy will help me to identify my strengths and areas of improvement so that I can become a more effective leader when I return to the EPPD.

So far, the speakers, fitness training and, most importantly, the food, have been outstanding! I will submit more blog posts as the Academy continues.

Submitted by EPPD Patrol Lt. Dave Becker