Magazine article The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

Executive Leadership Education

Magazine article The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

Executive Leadership Education

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The most effective weapon against crime is cooperation--the efforts of all law enforcement agencies with the support and understanding of the American people.

--J. Edgar Hoover

An integral part of strategic leadership development in law enforcement is the fostering of cooperation and liaison among policing agencies at all levels throughout the world. The FBI provides many internationally recognized training initiatives, particularly in the field of leadership education. In addressing the importance of these efforts, it is imperative to understand the genesis of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover's vision, which can be found in an inscription on a memorial to him at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. It reads, "The most effective weapon against crime is cooperation--the efforts of all law enforcement agencies with the support and understanding of the American people."

Mr. Hoover's vision was first realized with the inception of the FBI National Academy (FBINA) in 1935. The FBINA is a 10-week residency program at the FBI Academy for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice at all levels. In addition to the FBINA, the FBI sponsors four significant leadership programs targeting chief executives of law enforcement agencies. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the FBI's first such program, the National Executive Institute (NEI), which is designed for agency heads of departments with a minimum of 500 sworn personnel and a citizen population of at least 250,000. …

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