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Cmdr. Jay Parrott, a 20-year veteran of the Evanston Police Department, has graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Parrott was one of 264 law enforcement officers who completed the 250th Session of the National Academy program last month, which included officers from 49 states and 24 foreign countries.

The program, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers who have proven records within their agencies.

On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

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

National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.

More than 46,000 officers have completed the academy program since it begain in 1935. and about 28,000 are still active in law enforcement work.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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