Lake Charles Police Sergeant graduates from FBI National Academy

The following is a Press Release from the Lake Charles Police Department:

The Lake Charles Police Department is proud to recognize Sergeant Richard Harrell as a graduate of the 246th Session of the FBI National Academy Program in Quantico, Virginia. Sergeant Harrell has been a member of the LCPD for 17 years, serving as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Supervisor, and is currently assigned to the Violent Crimes Division as a Criminal Investigator. Detective Harrell was a charter member of the Lake Charles Police Department's Special Response Team, currently serves as the President of the Lake Charles Police Officer's Association and Vice-President of the Louisiana Union of Police Association. Sgt. Harrell resides in Sulphur, LA with his wife (Geraldine) and son (Jack.)

Two hundred forty-nine law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy Program. The 246th Session consisted of men and women from 48 states. Less than 1% of all law enforcement officers world wide are accepted in this elite academy. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 28 international countries, three military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. The Lake Charles Police Department has a tradition of sending several selected officers to this program.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of  advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, the officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.