If you didn't see much of Alpharetta police Captain Kirk Harth during the last quarter of 2012, there was a good reason. Harth attended the FBI's National Academy program in Quantico, VA, and he's now a graduate.
Attendance to the FBI National Academy is by invitation only, Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon said in a news release today. Each candidate must be nominated by their agency executive. The candidate undergoes an FBI background investigation and interview process. Less than one percent of all law enforcement officers will be approved to attend the FBI National Academy.
The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that 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.
Each candidate attends a rigorous 10-week academic course involving a variety of topics such as law, behavioral science, forensics, terrorism, leadership, communications and health. Students participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training. They share ideas, techniques and learn a “best practices” approach to problem solving. Besides academics, students also take part in physical activities and participate in a cumulating course 6.1 mile obstacle run.