After 10 intensive weeks of professional study courses, along with extensive physical training, Cleveland Police Department’s Captain Robert Harbison has successfully completed and graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy (FBINA) Session 275 in Quantico, Va. This distinguished honor has only been made available to less than 1% of all law enforcement leaders worldwide.
The FBINA is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement high level managers, who are nominated by their agency directors due to demonstrated leadership qualities. The 10-week program provides course work in intelligence theory, terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication and forensic science. The National Academy serves to improve the administration of justice in public safety agencies globally and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. The training received at the FBINA is recognized for its’ academic excellence and highly regarded as the world’s most prestigious law enforcement leadership network.
To include physical discipline, along with academic strengthening, the academy students participate in daily physical strength training to prepare them for their final physical challenge, the “Yellow Brick Road”. This challenge consists of a grueling 6.1 mile run through a hilly, wooded trail. Throughout the course, participants climb walls, run through creeks, jump through windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water and maneuver across a cargo net. If the students can complete this difficult test, they are given a yellow brick (pictured), to memorialize their great achievement.
Not only did Captain Harbison earn his yellow brick, he completed this challenge in first place.
The last Cleveland police officer to attend the FBINA was Chief Mark Gibson, who graduated in December of 2011, Session 247.
“We are so proud of how well our department and the City of Cleveland was represented by Captain Robert Harbison in Quantico, Virginia at the FBI National Academy,” said Chief Mark Gibson. “Our department, as well as our community, should be equally proud of Captain Harbison’s commitment and the invaluable training he received and will incorporate into his day-to-day decision making.”