Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Deputy Chief Michael Mullins graduated today from the 286th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is the first from the department to attend the program. Nationally, fewer than one percent of officers have the opportunity to participate. He also completed a grueling 6.1-mile run and obstacle course called the “Yellow Brick Road,” the participants’ final physical fitness endurance course. The 286th session consisted of 238 law enforcement officers from 47 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 25 countries, five military organizations, and six federal civilian organizations.
“Deputy Chief Mullin’s continued commitment and leadership to the department, with over 25 years of service, qualified him to be a part of this prestigious program,” said Police Chief James Hambrick. “As the first ever from our department to attend, our community and department will benefit from his additional knowledge and training as we work to keep Mt. Juliet safe.”
The National Academy, internationally known for its academy excellence, features ten weeks of advanced communications, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have distinguished service as law enforcement professionals to attend. In addition to the professional training, FBI National Academy attendees undergo fitness training. Graduates experience their final fitness challenge on the “Yellow Brick Road,” a grueling 6.1-mile run through a hilly, wooded trail built by US Marines. Along the way, Academy attendees must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net, and more.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity and experience to advance my professional training and establish partnerships with law enforcement leaders from around the world,” said Deputy Chief Michael Mullins. “I was extremely honored to represent the City of Mt. Juliet and our department at the National Academy. The additional training benefits my service in our community.”
Since 1972, National Academy students have earned undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many courses. A total of 54,366 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.