Mountlake Terrace Police Commander Doug Hansen graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on Dec. 19 and received his certificate from FBI Director James Comey.
The FBI National Academy has been training police professionals since 1935. The Academy has trained more than 48,000 police leaders and is considered the premier law enforcement leadership training course.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program at the FBI Academy offers an intensive 11-week course of advanced investigative management, leadership and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.
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.
Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.
Hansen was a member of the 258th Session of the National Academy; this session was comprised of 215 law enforcement professionals. In the class were men and women from 49 states, officers from the District of Columbia, 26 international countries, three military organizations, and four federal civilian organizations.
Hansen has 33 years of law enforcement experience, including 24 years of supervisory experience and 15 years of off-duty experience as the Town of Woodway’s Police Chief. He worked in Patrol, DARE, and Investigations. Hansen served as Academy Commander for the Washington State Criminal Justice Commission in the early 1990s and instructed courses at Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges.