LAFAYETTE, LA — On December 16, 2011, Sergeant Reginald Thomas graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy Program with 266 other law enforcement officers at Quantico, Virginia. The 247th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 States. Included in the class are members of Law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 25 international countries, three military organizations, and six federal civilian organizations.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 11 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals with their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
Training for the program is provided by FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.
Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered. At total of 45,297 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 27,785 are still active in law enforcement work.
Sergeant Reginald Thomas has served the Lafayette Police Department since 1990 and is currently the Training Director of the department. He has held the position of Training Officer and Criminal Investigator working on many major cases involving crimes against persons. He is currently eligible for the rank of lieutenant.