Officer makes history with FBI Academy feat

WINDER -- When Dennis Dorsey joined 265 of his law enforcement brethren at a recent FBI National Academy graduation, he went where no Winder police officer had gone before.

Dorsey, a captain with Winder police, graduated the notoriously grueling physical and intellectual gauntlet in Quantico, Va., on Dec. 12, the first in the department's history to do so.

So extraordinary was the achievement, Dorsey's boss, Winder police Chief Stanley Rodgers, equated it to "a great day for the city."

Dorsey maintained a 4.0 grade-point average and garnered numerous awards during the 11-week session. He also went home with the Academy's famed yellow and blue bricks, evidence of his prowess in long-distance swimming and off-road running.

"He has joined the elite of the law enforcement community who have completed both the Georgia Police Command College and the FBI Academy," Rodgers said in a release. "(He) will continue to make a positive impact in our community."

The FBI National Academy selects officers with proven records as professionals within their agencies, having an average of 19 years law enforcement experience.

Included in Dorsey's class -- the 239th Session -- were officers from 49 states and 27 international countries. Most return to their respective agencies in executive-level positions.