Captain Dennsion Graduates from FBI National Academy
Northern Precinct Captain is Eighth Member of Sheriff’s Staff to Attend
(Harford County, MD) — Captain John F. Dennsion, Commander of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Northern Precinct, recently graduated from the FBI National Academy, and joins a prestigious group of executive law enforcement managers dedicated to maintaining professionally and technologically advanced law enforcement agencies throughout the nation.
Dennison along with two hundred and forty-four law enforcement officers, graduated on March 19, 2004 from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. The 216th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, 24 international countries, two military organizations, and three Federal civilian organizations.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having a proven record as a professional within his or her agency. Dennison began his training on January 11,2004, and was required to stay at the academy for most of the 10 weeks.
Dennison says being away from home and the office was difficult but was glad for the opportunity to attend such a prestigious academy. “The National Academy provided an environment in which I could work toward further polishing my managerial skills,” Dennison said. “ I was surrounded by other professionals who were willing to share new approaches and fresh ideas,” he said, adding that he is anxious to discuss these new ideas with his fellow Command Staff members and apply them to agency policy and procedure.
The FBI Academy Instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise provide training for this program. On average, officers attending the National Academy, have 19 years of law enforcement experience, and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive level positions. An added benefit to the program is the ability for Dennison to earn college credits through the University of Virginia. Since 1972, the University has accredited many of the courses offered by the National Academy, therefore permitting credits to be given to those attending.
A total of 37, 243 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, more than 22,521 are still active in law enforcement work. Captain Dennison is the eighth member of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office to graduate from the National Academy.
“Other than the FBI National Academy, no where can one find the consistent high caliber of instruction on Law Enforcement issues. My time spent there was professionally and personally rewarding,” Dennison said.
FBI Director Robert s. Mueller, III was the principal speaker at the ceremony.