Chief Germain Off to Leadership Program at FBI Academy

By Eric Englund | Oct 02, 2019
Courtesy of: Barnegat Police Department Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain

Barnegat — On Oct. 7, Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain will head to the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., for an 11-week leadership training program.

Germain said he will join 250 officers in the U.S. and 35 from around the globe. He will be in elite company.

“Once sponsored, qualified and accepted into the queue, it’s currently more than a five-year waiting list to get in, said Germain. “Less than one percent of all law enforcement officers globally ever get to attend. The cost of training, meals and lodging is borne by the FBI.“

Germain, who became police chief in February 2018, said that in his absence, Capt. Ryan Dugan will be in charge of Barnegat police.

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, cyberthreats, law enforcement communication, and fitness and health.

He said the most demanding fitness test will be traveling by foot on a 6.1-mile trail through a hilly, wooded terrain used by the Marine Corps. Germain said he will have to climb over walls, run through creeks, scale rock faces with ropes and crawl under barbed wire through muddy water.

“That why they call this the West Point of law enforcement,” he said. “There’s also a big emphasis on establishing and forging partnerships.”

During the summer, Germain was among a group of New Jersey police chiefs who toured law enforcement facilities in Scotland.

“You always have to keep learning,” said Germain. “It’s very important that we share ideas, techniques and experiences with each other. We’ll be doing a lot of that at Quantico along with intensive classroom work.”  —E.E.




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