By Ed Blaguszewski
Patrick Archbald, deputy chief of the UMass Police Department, was among the 249 law enforcement officers who graduated this month from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va.
The 221st session of the national academy consisted of participants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, 24 countries, three military organizations and four federal civilian organizations.
Archbald has been a member of the UMass Police since 1987, serving as deputy chief since 2002. A 1984 graduate of Springfield College, Archbald expects to complete his master''s degree in Public Policy and Administration next May. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Medal of Honor, Grand Cordon Award, Good Conduct Award, Exceptional Duty Citation, Educational Achievement Medal, the Robert Ward Medal for Community Service and many letters of commendation.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the FBI''s program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers possessing proven records of professional excellence within their agencies. On average, participants have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
Training for the program is provided by FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. A total of 38,239 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this total, approximately 23,147 are still active in law enforcement work.