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Deputy first to graduate from FBI Academy

Captain Dustin Bairfield is the first Lincoln County deputy tograduate from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academyin Quantico, Va.

“Graduating from the FBI National Academy is the highest honor apeace officer can earn,” Bairfield said. “Each class has severalstudents from around the world. This class had twenty-somethinginternational students.”

The National Academy is known worldwide for its training andstatistics show that less than 2 percent of all law enforcementofficers are able to attend. Approximately 80,000 applicants applyeach year and less than 1,000 are accepted.

It took three years for Bairfield to be accepted.

He graduated recently with a class of 234 law enforcementofficers from 49 states, the District of Columbia, 20 internationalcountries, three military organizations, and four federal civilianorganizations.

The FBI National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advancedinvestigative, management, and fitness training for selectedofficers having proven records as professionals within theiragencies, according to an FBI press release. On average, theofficers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usuallyreturn to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

Training for the program is provided by FBI Academy instructors,special agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees,many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields ofexpertise.

Since the academy was organized in July 1935, a total of only36,519 officers have graduated. Slightly more than 21,775 graduatesare still active in law enforcement.

“Any time a young officer can reap the benefits of attending theFBI National Academy it’s an honor, not only for the deputy butalso for the department as well,” said Sheriff Lynn Boyte. “They’revery selective. One blemish on your past record and you won’t beselected.”

Boyte should know. He graduated from the academy in 1983 whileserving with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

“We’re trying now to get our other officers to apply,” he said.That’s the best of the best. Personally, I know it really helped mein my career.”

National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduateand graduate credits from the University of Virginia since theacademy was accredited in 1972.

Bairfield earned 17 hours of college credit in the fields ofapplied behavioral science for law enforcement operations, overviewof forensic science for police administrators and managers, latentfinger prints from the crime scene to the court room, computercrimes for police supervisors, interviewing strategies throughstatement analysis, legal issues for command-level officers andfitness in law enforcement.

“This training will be a great asset to the citizens of LincolnCounty to help reduce and solve crime,” Bairfield said.