St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Brent Bourgeois was among more than 250 law enforcement officers from across the globe who graduated June 7 from the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
The 10-week professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers provides instruction in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science.
According to Lt. Bourgeois, the course is broken down into several blocks of instruction taught by University of Virginia instructors and FBI agents. There’s a physical aspect of the course that includes weekly challenges that need to be met, and forums are held with fellow law enforcement officers who have participated in various national tragic events, including the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting.
During the course, Lt. Bourgeois completed training in classes which included fitness for law enforcement, critical incident leadership, crisis negotiations, contemporary issues in police media relations, law enforcement approaches to counterterrorism, essentials for law enforcement leaders and contemporary issues in law enforcement.
Lt. Bourgeois, who attended the course April 1 through June 7, said he was honored to represent the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office at the FBI National Academy.
“Graduating from the FBI Academy is something I’ve always wanted to accomplish,” Lt. Bourgeois said. “I’m excited to take the valuable knowledge I’ve gained through this experience and use it throughout the rest of my law enforcement career.”
A 22-year veteran of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Bourgeois joins the ranks of a dozen top ranking, active officials with the Sheriff’s Office to complete this prestigious training.
Lt. Bourgeois has worked in various divisions, including communications, patrol, K-9, and the Street Crimes unit.
For the past 10 years, Lt. Bourgeois has worked in the Field Operations Bureau’s Traffic and Motorcycle Divisions. He also is an active member of the SWAT team.