Local named president of FBI National Academy

BUFORD -- A Buford man was recently sworn in as president of the executive board of the Georgia Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates Program for the 2010-11 term. Capt. Eddie Henderson of the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources was chosen for the position.

The FBI National Academy, which began in 1935, is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that 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, according to a news release.

"It speaks very well of this agency to have an associate serve on the executive board of the FBI National Academy Program and a well-deserved honor for Capt. Henderson," said Col. Homer Bryson, Wildlife Resources Division chief of law enforcement.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers that have proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, the officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

The Georgia Chapter of FBI National Academy Associates, which supports the efforts of the national academy, has a membership of approximately 800 active and retired law enforcement executives, the news release states. Six Wildlife Resources Division law enforcement associates have completed the National Academy Program.

Henderson graduated from the FBI National Academy's 211th session in 2002 and was elected to the Georgia Chapter Executive Board in 2006. Henderson's work on the executive board was instrumental in DNR having received the 2009 Phyllis Goodwin Agency of the Year Award.