The FBI National Academy is a professional development course for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. It 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.
Its mission is “to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world.”
The Iowa Chapter is comprised of National Academy graduates from Iowa Law Enforcement agenices, both active and retired.
The FBI National Academy is held on the Quantico Marine base at the FBI academy building in Quantico, VA.
The FBI National Academy consist of 10-weeks of various activities, including classroom studies.
The FBINA includes regular physical fitness sessions that include a weekly Wizard of Oz themed challenge. The final challenge is a 6.1 mile obstacle course/run called the "Yellow Brick Road"
Heraldry of the seal of the FBI National Academy
The FBI National Academy seal is symbolic of the united effort on the part of all graduates of the FBI National Academy to maintain the high ideals of the law enforcement profession. Each facet of the National Academy – academic achievement, strength, valor, and integrity – – is embodied in the symbols and colors of the seal.
The eagle represents the courage of law enforcement, flanked by academic excellence and law and order, as represented by the olive branch. The strength in body and mind necessary for law enforcement is symbolized by the arrows. The eagle stands on the United States shield.
The red stripes of the shield symbolize the courage and strength necessary in law enforcement and the white stripes stand for light, peace, and truth. The unity of law enforcement is represented by the 13 stripes comprising the shield, reminiscent of the 13 original states.
The motivating ideals of the National Academy are expressed in the motto, “Knowledge, Courage, Integrity”. The peaked, beveled edge surrounding the National Academy seal represents the continuing forces of adversity facing the law enforcement community.