Police captain graduates from FBI National Academy

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Feb. 1, 2013
FBI Director Robert Mueller presents Enfield Police Department Capt. Jeffrey Golden with his diploma from the FBI National Academy program on Dec. 14. Photo contributed. - Contributed Photo

One Enfield police captain recently returned to duty after spending 11 weeks entering a select group that make up less than 1 percent of the country’s law enforcement officials. Capt. Jeffrey Golden was one of 260 law enforcement officers to graduate the physically demanding and intellectually stimulating FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va., on Dec. 14.

“The benefits to send Jeff there are numerous,” said Police Chief Carl Sferrazza. “It’s a very prestigious award and it’s quite a challenge, too.”

The 15-year veteran of the Enfield police force brings back invaluable information and skills that will undeniably benefit the Enfield Police Department for years to come, while also developing networking contacts and even a few friends along the way.

“To be plucked out of work and be put in this type of location where you're with everyone else that has done very similar things that you’ve done in your career and not have to worry about paying the bills or making decisions and go back to really focusing on your education and research as well as networking, communicating and bonding with people, and getting into shape was amazing,” Golden said.

Golden, the first Enfield officer to attend the academy since 1996, was picked from a competitive field in the state to learn advanced investigative, management and fitness training as part of the 251st session of the National Academy, which featured participants from 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 29 foreign countries. Golden took six classes sponsored by the University of Virginia, a mandatory fitness class, labor law, public speaking, leadership, forensic science and organizational change, earning 17 credits. He said the experience was similar to college, sleeping in a dorm room with a roommate, sharing a bathroom with two suitemates and going to the cafeteria for all your meals. Golden said the networking with the officers was his favorite portion of the academy.

“We had the common bond of lawn enforcement off the bat, never mind that you were sweating and bleeding, and studying and laughing and joking around with each other,” Golden said.

A typical day at the academy lasted from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with three morning and three afternoon classes. After breakfast, his day started with the two-hour mandatory fitness class, which consisted of one hour of classroom instruction, learning about nutrition as well as proper mechanics and techniques to stretching and working out. The second hour was a high-intensity workout, getting him ready for the Wednesday challenge day at the nearby Marine base. This started out as a mile run in the first week and progressed to a 6.1-mile run featuring 3.5 miles of obstacles like cargo nets and barbed wire. Golden completed all of the fitness challenges to earn the coveted Yellow Brick Road award.

“It was a tremendous opportunity for the town, for me, for the police here as an organization,” Golden said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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