WESTERN SPRINGS – Deputy Chief Brian J. Budds of the Western Springs Police Department has graduated from the 255th session of the FBI National Academy Program.
The 10-week program, which offers advanced training for selected law enforcement executives from around the world, was held in Quantico, Va., from April 6 to June 13.
There were around 220 graduates from his class, Budds said.
"You really develop some wonderful relationships and bonds with people all of the world," Budds said. "All with the same goal and vision of being better law enforcement officers."
One of the aspects that makes the FBI National Academy so unique from other training programs is its incorporation of physical training, Budds said. He was awarded the Yellow Brick Award for completing a run through a Marine Corps obstacle course.
Budds also received the Blue Brick Award, which is optional for participants. Recipients of the Blue Brick Award must swim a total of 34 miles throughout the program. The distance represents the distance it would take to swim from Quantico to Washington D.C. via the Potomac River.
Budds described the experience as "world class," and said he will bring back the leadership skills he learned to his department.
"It's definitely a life-changer," Budds said.