Klamath Falls Police Captain Ryan Brosterhous recently completed one of the toughest challenges available to local law enforcement officers: the FBI National Academy. In mid-September, Captain Brosterhous and two other Oregon law enforcement officers completed a ten-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

There is a highly competitive process local law enforcement officers must go through to be selected for this honor. That process includes a nomination by a supervisor; interviews with the candidate and co-workers to determine leadership skills and abilities; a background check; a determination of physical fitness; and the support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate’s organization.

“Only a few law enforcement officers from Oregon have the opportunity to attend the National Academy each year,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “The Academy gives them the chance to share best practices and explore many facets of law enforcement leadership with others from across the country and the world.”

Captain Brosterhous started his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Klamath Falls Police Department in 1996. Since being hired, Captain Brosterhous has served as a patrol officer, narcotics detective, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team member, patrol sergeant, and an administrative lieutenant. As a Captain he oversees the Patrol and Operations Division.

Captain Brosterhous earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Oregon State College, holds an Executive Certificate from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and is a graduate of the 69th Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives.  In 2016, Captain Brosterhous completed the Chief Executive Leadership course at the Southern Police Institute.

“The FBI National Academy provides selected law enforcement executives with an amazing opportunity to expand their knowledge of law enforcement leadership and advance their careers,” said Chief David Henslee, City of Klamath Falls Police Department. “The National Academy also provides participants with opportunities to create and share ideas and programs to enhance community partnerships and strengthen communities. We are extremely proud of Captain Brosterhous and are fortunate his leadership helps provide direction for the Klamath Falls Police Department.”

During the ten weeks of training, local executive-level law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Captain Brosterhous’ National Academy classes included: Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement; Fitness in Law Enforcement; Behavioral Science for Law Enforcement Leadership; Critical Incident Leadership; Psychology of Leadership; and Managing the Law Enforcement Image. The program allows participants the opportunity to earn college credits through the University of Virginia for some of those studies. In addition to the classroom work, participants have physical training courses and activities.

Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the National Academy. Each session includes about 220 local law enforcement officers from around the United States and around the world. While in the academy, the officers and deputies live in a dorm-like setting. The FBI does not charge U.S. students for tuition, books, equipment, meals, lodging or travel to and from their home.