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Lt. W.E. Crowningshield
Lt. W.E. Crowningshield

A lieutenant with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office recently graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Lt. W.E. Crowningshield, the assistant division commander of the sheriff’s office detective division, graduated from the 261st session of the FBI National Academy, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad, and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide, Brewer said.

The FBI academy is a 10-week process. Participants take undergraduate or graduate college courses in Quantico, Virginia, Brewer said.  Courses cover areas of law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism or terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication, and health and fitness.

Officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training. They share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that span state and national lines.

In addition to graduating the FBI Nation Academy, Crowningshield also completed the West Point Leadership Program provided by Methodist University.

In July, the FBI National Academy celebrated its 80th year since its formation in 1935. Each session of the academy includes 220 officers, according to the FBI National Academy website.