We’re pleased to congratulate GJPD Commander Matt Smith on his recent graduation from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia!
The National Academy was launched in 1935, by then Director Edgar J. Hoover, and consists of 10 weeks of management, leadership, and physical training. The program is offered to a very select few law enforcement leaders worldwide and is the premier program for police leadership training. Attendees are taught by experts from the FBI and professors from the University of Virginia and receive graduate level college credit upon successful completion of their courses.
Interim Chief Mike Nordine, a fellow graduate of the FBI NA, attended Commander Smith’s graduation, which took place on March 16th. “We are fortunate to employ a high caliber of leaders such as Commander Smith at the Grand Junction Police Department. Matt has not only performed well in this program but has also had the opportunity to learn from and build relationships with law enforcement leaders from across the nation and the globe. These connections help us to improve our operations with modern and innovative policing strategies.”
One time honored tradition at the National Academy is the “Yellow Brick Road”. A source of pride for all graduates, the Yellow Brick Road is a 6.1 mile fitness challenge requiring participants to climb, run and crawl through a challenging obstacle course developed by the United States Marines. Upon completion, students are awarded with a yellow brick to memorialize their achievement.
“I feel very fortunate to have been selected to attend the National Academy,” says Commander Smith. “It is truly an honor and a once in the lifetime opportunity. I am looking forward to applying what I have learned, and I’m grateful to my GJPD family for supporting me.”
Current leaders in Mesa County who have attended the National Academy include Chief Nordine, Sheriff Matt Lewis, GJPD Commanders Bob Russell and Andy Martinez, and MCSO Captain Don Hendricks.
Well done, Commander Smith! We’re proud of this significant accomplishment and look forward to learning from your training and experience.