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Beltrami Sergeant Jason Riggs graduates from FBI National Academy

Jason Riggs

On Dec. 16, 2011, Beltrami County Sheriff Sergeant Jason Riggs was one of 266 law enforcement officers who graduated from the FBI National Academy program at Quantico, VA. The 247th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 25 international countries, three military organizations and six federal civilian organizations.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy program held at the FBI Academy, offers 11 weeks of advanced investigative, leadership, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average these officers 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 the FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. National Academy students earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia during their training.

Less than 5 percent of all law enforcement officers in the United States of America are ever offered an opportunity to attend the prestigious FBI National Academy.

Since the FBI National Academy began in July 1935, a total of 45,297 officers have graduated from the program. Sgt. Riggs joined the ranks of current Sheriff Phil Hodapp, past Beltrami Sheriffs John Cahill and Tom Tolman and former Chief Deputy Ron Otterstad -- all graduates of the FBI National Academy.

Riggs lives in Blackduck with his wife, Kate, and their children where is also the mayor.