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Thursday, December 8, 2022

PRESS RELEASE: Local Law Enforcement Officer Graduates from FBI National Academy

On December 9, 2022, Chief Jason Hedden announced that Captain Miguel Pacheco has graduated as a member of the 284th session of the FBI National Academy.  The graduation took place at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on December 8, 2022.  Captain Pacheco is the 13th officer in department history to complete this prestigious program.  Nationally, fewer than one percent of officers have the opportunity to attend the program.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training.  Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend.  On average, these officers have twenty-one years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
A total of 53,908 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.
The 284th session consisted of two hundred and thirty-seven law enforcement officers from forty-nine states and the District of Columbia.  The class included members of law enforcement agencies from twenty-five countries, five military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations.
Chief Jason Hedden said, “The Turlock Police Department has a long history of graduates from the FBI National Academy dating back as far as Chief Harry Oliver in 1948.  Captain Pacheco will return to Turlock with valuable experience and a network of resources spanning twenty-five international countries.”     
Throughout the ten-week academy, students participated in seven physical fitness challenges, leading up to the final fitness challenge called the Yellow Brick Road.  The Yellow Brick Road is a grueling 6.2 mile run over the Marine Corps Officer Candidates School’s obstacle course.  The FBI describes the course as running through “lowlands, woods, muddy waters, simulated windows, up hills, over walls, under barbed wire and across a cargo net.”
Captain Pacheco began his career with the Turlock Police Department in April 2000.  He is currently assigned as the Field Operations Captain overseeing Patrol, Traffic, K-9 Unit, Code Enforcement, Critical Response Teams, Animal Services, Volunteers/Explorers, and Crime Prevention.   Captain Pacheco holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Safety Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership.  He has obtained Advanced, Supervisory, and Management certifications through the California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training. 
The Turlock Police Department would like to thank Captain Pacheco’s family for their support, sacrifice, and encouragement while he was away representing Turlock at the FBI National Academy.
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program.  Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward. 
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