Elizabethtown Police Department Patrol Lt. Josh Richardson was among 256 law enforcement officers from 49 states and 35 countries in the latest class to graduate from the FBI National Academy Program in Quantico, Virginia.

Richardson has been a member of department since 2002, serving in various roles such as in patrol, as a police training officer, patrol sergeant, team leader of the Special Response Team and his current position as a patrol lieutenant.

According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI National Academy Program offers a 10-week session of advanced communications, leadership and fitness training for selected officers who have a proven record within their departments.

On average, participants have 21 years of law enforcement experience, the release said. Training is provided by the FBI academy instructional staff.

Since the FBI National Academy began in 1935, 52,026 men and women have graduated from the program.

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