Training & Professional Development

Office of Correctional Safety Chief graduates FBI Academy

Derrick Marion, Chief of CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety, recently completed the 10-week FBI National Academy course. He joined 257 officers representing local, county, tribal, state, military, and international law enforcement agencies.

Man wearing jacket and tie.
OCS Chief Derrick Marion.

“The FBI National Academy has a legacy of preparing law enforcement professionals to better serve and lead their communities and personnel,” said Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI Sacramento Field Office. “We are proud of the FBI National Academy graduates from our region and wish them well as they return to their agencies and look forward to working with each of them in the future.”

Four FBI National Academy classes are held each year. Each FBI National Academy class accommodates approximately 220 law enforcement professionals from various agencies as well as more than 150 partner nations. The training program 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.

During the executive-level professional course of study, students reside and train at the FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia. They attend courses including intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication and forensic science. Following graduation, each officer has the opportunity to join the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc., a dynamic organization of more than 16,000 law enforcement professionals who continue developing higher levels of competency, cooperation, and integrity across the law enforcement community.

The FBI does not charge students from law enforcement agencies in the United States for tuition, books, equipment, meals, lodging, or travel to and from the training facility.

The National Academy was created as the “FBI Police Training School” in 1935 in response to the 1930 Wickersham Commission report recommending standardization and professionalization of law enforcement in the United States though centralized training. At the time, courses included scientific aids in crime detection, preparation of reports, and criminal investigation techniques as well as administration and organization. Courses pertaining to espionage and sabotage were offered as World War II began.

To learn more about the FBI National Academy, visit https://www.fbi.gov/services/training-academy/national-academy (link opens new tab).