Assistant Police Chief Brian Richenberger graduated from the FBI’s National Academy (FBINA) on March 16, 2018. He was part of the 271st session to complete the rigorous academy, where command level officers are nominated due to their demonstrated leadership qualities.
The FBINA began in July of 1935 in order to create a more standardized level of professional training. Officers form partnerships and friendships with other academy classmates who hail from other states and countries. These relationships prove invaluable as colleagues can rely on each other and the skills each colleague possesses.
"It was an honor to represent the Columbia Police Department at the FBI National Academy," said Assistant Chief Richenberger. "I am grateful for the opportunity I was given to participate in this prestigious program."
During the 10-week course, which is held at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia, Assistant Chief Richenberger completed undergraduate and graduate level courses pertaining to crisis management and leadership, among others. He also endured demanding fitness challenges, including the 'Yellow Brick Road.' The 'Yellow Brick Road' fitness challenge involves a 6.1-mile run over a hilly trail, which was built by the United States Marine Corps. Along the run, participants must scale walls and jump through simulated windows.
In addition to their training, students raised funds during the session for Concerns for Police Survivors, the family of a fallen Chicago Police Commander, and Special Olympics Virginia, as a way of giving back to their communities.