LBPD captain becomes eighth officer in department’s history to graduate from FBI’s National Academy

Last Friday (March 22), Laguna Beach Police Chief Jeff Calvert announced that Captain David Dereszynski had graduated as a member of the 289th session of the FBI National Academy. The graduation had taken place at the National Academy in Quantico, Va. on March 15.

Captain Dereszynski is the eighth officer in Laguna Beach Police Department’s history to successfully complete this prestigious program. Nationally, less than 1% of police officers have the opportunity to attend the program.

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Laguna Beach Police Captain David Dereszynski, FBI National Academy graduate

The 289th session of the FBI National Academy consisted of 197 men and women from 47 states and the District of Columbia. The graduating class included members of law enforcement agencies from 23 countries, four military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

(L-R) Laguna Beach Police Captain David Dereszynski with Laguna Beach Chief of Police Jeff Calvert

“Captain Dereszynski’s successful completion of the FBI National Academy represents a significant milestone in his career and is a testament to his dedication to excellence in law enforcement,” said Laguna Beach Police Chief Jeff Calvert. “We are immensely proud of his achievement and commend him for his commitment to professional development. We congratulate Captain Dereszynski on this well-deserved accomplishment and look forward to the valuable insights and skills he will bring back to the Laguna Beach Police Department.”

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(L-R) FBI Director Christopher Wray with Laguna Beach Police Captain David Dereszynski

Internationally known for its academic excellence and considered “The World’s Strongest Law Enforcement Leadership Network,” the FBI National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

FBI Academy instructors, special agents and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training, with many instructors recognized internationally in their fields.

A total of 54,985 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.


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