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Vineland police officers reminisce about FBI National Academy

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Each year 28 New Jersey police officers get the opportunity to train at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Four of those graduates all work for the Vineland Police Department.

"It's about achievement. It's about overcoming things that are difficult."

Over coming what at first seemed impossible. But after ten weeks of intense training - makes the officers involved - that much stronger.

"The more training the better police officers we are going to be and the better decisions we are going to make," said Captain, Tom Ulrich.

Captain Tom Ulrich along with Chief Timothy Codispoti, Captain Rudy Beu and Lieutenant Lene' Bowers of the Vineland Police Department all graduated from the FBI Training Academy.

Having so many officers in one department train at the academy is unusual since less than one percent of the Nation's police force have even attended.

"The state of New Jersey usually sends 7 people from the state to each course," said Captain, Rudy Beu. "That's basically only 28 officers a year."

So when three of these officers got the opportunity of a lifetime, they decided to take the good with the bad.

"A normal day is you get up a 6:30 in the morning, and you eat breakfast and your classes start at 8:00 and you don't get done until 5."

Classes that consisted of interrogation and forensics training.

"They show you mistakes that were made at the scene, or things that were done right at the scene by other agencies," said Beu.

"They don't just put you in a room and have you doing push ups, they have you using medicine balls."

What Lieutenant Bowers says was the most nerve wracking part about the course, the mandatory physical training, and finishing the voluntary yellow brick road - an 8-part obstacle course that included a 6.2-mile run.

And while it may not end with the Great Wizard of Oz, those that complete the task say they were given the gift of teamwork.

"That is the thread of the yellow brick road - everybody is going to make it, and we're going to work with you to get you through that."

The training is a 17-credit course that is completed through the University of Virginia and is FBI sponsored.

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