Battling FBI Boot Camp Elk Grove, Mt. Prospect Police Officers Hone Skills at Training Academy

By Boykin, Ames | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), July 25, 2002 | Go to article overview
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Battling FBI Boot Camp Elk Grove, Mt. Prospect Police Officers Hone Skills at Training Academy


Boykin, Ames, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Ames Boykin Daily Herald Staff Writer

Elk Grove Village Police Chief Stephen Schmidt and Mount Prospect Deputy Police Chief Kevin Condon weren't sweating over being accepted to the FBI Academy.

But they certainly made up for it during their rigorous 10-week training session at the academy on a Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., outside Washington, D.C.

During their stay from early April to mid-June, they had a daily routine that combined physical activity with classroom learning far away from the winter-like Chicago spring. Virginia had hot, humid weather during the officers' entire stay at the 385-acre base.

"Between the weather and the physical activity, it was a pretty exhausting 10 weeks," Condon said.

Both Schmidt and Condon applied to the academy nearly 10 years ago, but were only recently accepted because of the high interest. They graduated from the academy's 209th class along with 250 law enforcement officials from 49 states and 21 countries.

It was like going back to school for the two veteran police officers. Classes would start at 8 a.m. and end about 5 p.m. Sometimes class wouldn't get out until about 8 p.m.

The classes covered how vital DNA evidence is to solving crimes, and history. Leadership classes focused on great generals and presidents, Condon said. There also were classes on how to deal with stress and media relations.

During the day, they also had "gym class."

Schmidt readied himself for the academy by getting in shape and losing 40 pounds.

All the workouts were preparation for the infamous Yellow Brick Road course - as featured "The Silence of the Lambs" in 1991.

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