STAMFORD, Conn. -- Lieutenant Michael Noto of the Stamford Police Department recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va.
Lt. Noto is one of 18 members of the Stamford Police Department who has graduated from the National Academy, including Clarence Smith who attended the first session. Lt. Noto commands the midnight shift of the Patrol Division.
A total of 49,686 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy. The 266th session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 48 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 20 international countries, five military organizations, and eight federal civilian organizations.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 11 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected officers who have proven records as professionals within their agencies.
On average, the officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive positions. FBI Director James Comey was the principal speaker at the ceremony. Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.