LILBURN -- A Lilburn police officer recently became the latest in his department to graduate from the famed FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
Capt. Bruce Hedley, a 20-year law enforcement veteran, wrapped up nearly three months of advanced training on Dec. 11 and credits the academy for helping him become a better leader.
"The FBI's Institute for Leadership is by far some of the best management training available for command level officers," he said.
According to its Web site, the National Academy was created in 1935 and strives to support and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders from around the world.
It is an invitation-only program that trains selected officers with proven track records of success.
Hedley said he was honored to be a part of its 239th installment, which included men and women from 49 states and 27 countries.
Hedley began his career with the Atlanta Police Department, working his way up the ranks before retiring in 2008 to accept a position in Lilburn. For the past year, he has commanded the department's Uniform Patrol Division and recently began serving a dual role as its public information officer.
Department officials credit Hedley with helping to establish a reserve/part-time officer program, a citizen's police academy and a rotating 12-hour shift for officers, reducing overtime costs.
Hedley, who already possesses a master's degree, is pursuing his doctorate in criminal justice.
City Manager Bill Johnsa called Hedley a "consummate professional" within the law enforcement community.
"We applaud his dedication and desire to further his professional development," Johnsa said. "The city of Lilburn is extremely proud of his accomplishment."
As for Hedley, he said his transition from big city to small town has been a worthwhile one.
"I love working for the Lilburn Police Department and enjoy serving the citizens of this city," Hedley said. "We have a great police department and the future here in Lilburn is very bright."