Barnegat Police Chief Returns From FBI National Academy

By Eric Englund | Jan 08, 2020
Source: Barnegat Police Department Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain
Barnegat, NJ —

Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain recently graduated from the 278th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., alongside 257 classmates from 49 states, 37 countries, four military organizations and six federal civilian organizations.

“This was a profound leadership experience,” said Germain, who became chief in February 2018. “The ability to exchange ideas and learn from the top 1 percent of law enforcement leaders across the globe was invaluable.”

Germain said he returned to work in Barnegat with a renewed commitment to ensuring the agency is on the cutting edge of law enforcement service delivery.

“In Quantico, you’re spending 16 hours a day with the best that this profession has to offer,” he said. “Over the course of hundreds of hours of interaction and conversation, you glean insight into how agencies globally are dealing with the contemporary challenges that we face collectively as a profession. You get a view of what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and great ideas that we can apply to our mission as an agency here in Barnegat.”

The chief praised the Barnegat police command staff and officers for their management and work in his absence.

“Capt. Ryan Dugan did an outstanding job managing the agency in my absence. I also can’t say enough about the women and men of the agency – from our lieutenants to our civilian personnel – for continuously providing the high level of service that our residents demand and expect.”

Germain was also thankful to the community and township committee who supported his nomination to the elite institution.

“The overwhelming support and encouragement made leaving my family and the job I love for nearly three months a little easier,” he said.

The FBI National Academy, which began in 1935, provides course work in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication and forensic science. The academy 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.

The chief said the curriculum, taught by FBI instructors and professional educators, focuses on leadership development and critical thinking. Course offerings include leadership, legal issues, behavioral science, cyber threats, law enforcement communication and fitness and health.

“The most important thing I got out of the experience has to do with my responsibilities here,” he said. “In a town like Barnegat, you’re responsible for 50 officers. You’re responsible for an $8 million budget. You’re responsible for leading dedicated officers who work tirelessly to protect the safety and quality of life of what’s approaching 30,000 residents. There’s an obligation to make sure you’re growing, developing and improving as a leader. Incorporating what I learned from the other leaders and instructors at Quantico is allowing me to do that. I’m very fortunate and thankful to have had the opportunity.”

— Eric Englund

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