By: Winston Salem State University
Deputy Chief Kelly White recently graduated with great distinction from the 286th session of the FBI National Academy. This momentous occasion took place on June 8, 2023, at the renowned National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Deputy Chief White’s completion of this prestigious program marks a historic milestone for the department, as he becomes the first officer ever to accomplish this feat. By joining the ranks of a select group of FBI National Academy graduates in the UNC System, he has achieved an extraordinary accomplishment that only a fraction of law enforcement officers nationwide has had the opportunity to pursue.
In recognition of his exceptional performance, Deputy Chief White received a certificate of achievement from the esteemed University of Virginia. This honor was awarded for completing a minimum of four graduate-level courses during the program.
The National Academy is internationally recognized for its academic excellence and offers ten weeks of advanced training in communication, leadership, and fitness. Participants are selected based on their outstanding professional records within their agencies. Typically, these officers possess an average of 21 years of law enforcement experience and often return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
The 286th session of the FBI National Academy brought together 238 law enforcement officers from 47 states and the District of Columbia. It also included members from 25 countries, five military organizations, and six federal civilian organizations, highlighting the program’s global reach and diverse perspectives.
Reflecting on his experience, Deputy Chief White expressed his gratitude and pride in representing Winston Salem State University and the Police Department during the FBI National Academy’s 286th session. He highlighted the invaluable opportunity to collaborate with law enforcement professionals from around the world and the profound impact it had on his personal and professional growth. Deputy Chief White extended his sincere appreciation to the FBI for selecting him and Chief Amir Henry for granting him this life-changing opportunity. He also acknowledged the unwavering support he received from his family and co-workers, emphasizing their essential role in his success throughout the program.
Chief Henry conveyed deep pride in Deputy Chief White’s steadfast commitment to the Winston-Salem State University Police Department and the UNC System. Chief Henry expressed gratitude to the FBI for providing Deputy Chief White with the chance to participate in this training, recognizing its potential to greatly enhance his leadership capabilities and contribute to the future progress of Winston-Salem State University Police Department.
Overall, Deputy Chief Kelly White’s graduation from the FBI National Academy’s 286th session stands as a testament to his remarkable dedication and serves as an inspiration for future law enforcement officers within the department and beyond.