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News Release
Captain Greg Pickering
Captain Greg Pickering
Tualatin Police Captain Graduates from the FBI National Academy (Photo) - 06/10/19

Captain Greg Pickering, Tualatin Police Department, recently completed one of the toughest challenges available to local law enforcement officers: the FBI National Academy. Capt. Pickering and two other Oregon law enforcement officers graduated a ten-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on June 7, 2019.

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.

"The exceptional leaders selected to attend the National Academy have a great opportunity to share their experiences with peers and learn best practices from across the country and the world,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “Only a few law enforcement officers from Oregon attend each year, and we are proud to sponsor Capt. Pickering and our other local partners in the National Academy.”

Capt. Pickering’s interest in law enforcement started when he joined the Police Explorer program with the Tualatin Police Department in 1993. A few years later, he became a reserve police office and, in 1998, he accepted a position as an officer with Tigard Police, eventually getting promoted to detective.  In 2005, he rejoined Tualatin Police as a patrol officer and school resource officer, becoming a patrol sergeant in 2008. In 2010, the chief promoted him to lieutenant and then to captain in 2016. Capt. Pickering is currently serving as the patrol division commander for the department.

“I’m proud of the commitment shown by Capt. Pickering to complete this rigorous course,” said Chief Bill Steele, Tualatin Police Department. “We look forward to him applying what he has learned to better our community.”

During the ten weeks of training, local executive-level law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Capt. Pickering’s National Academy classes included: Leadership Essentials for Law Enforcement, Behavioral Science for Law Enforcement Leadership, Fitness in Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement approaches to Counterterrorism, Effective Writing, and Contemporary issues in Law Enforcement. The program allows participants the opportunity to earn college credits through the University of Virginia for some of those studies.

Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the National Academy. Each session includes about 220 local law enforcement officers from throughout 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.

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