Streetsboro Police Lt. Darin Powers believes attending the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., is "one of the most exclusive training opportunities" someone can have.
"It's an honor to be selected," Powers said after his 10-week stay, from mid-January to late March.
Powers, who submitted his application about 1 1/2 years prior to being picked, said attending the academy will help further his education and assist officers in his department.
"It's a career builder if I want to get into another profession down the road," he said. "If it helps further my career, that's great."
Police Chief Roy Mosley III, who previously graduated from the academy, said Powers' attendance "is part of an ongoing process of 'building our bench' by ensuring our first line and mid-level supervisors have access to high quality training through this venue, as well as other programs offered through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police."
Mosley said completion of the academy "demonstrates a commitment to our profession that will only benefit our department going forward."
The program is federally funded.
Classes Powers took while there included intelligence theory, some of which related to terrorism and gangs; media relations, with "a big emphasis on how to deliver a message on camera;" and Constitutional law along with physical training, which was geared toward law enforcement executives, and nutrition, "to give you an overall picture of how to keep yourself healthy."
"There was good instruction by people with a lot of credentials," he said.
At the academy, attendees stayed in dormitory rooms at the Quantico Marine Base.
"It felt a lot like going back to college," he said.
Powers had weekends off. On one weekend, he and other participants got to visit New York City including viewing an aviation unit outside Brooklyn, a water rescue demonstration and a police K-9 demonstration in a subway system along with seeing the Statue of Liberty and 9/11 monuments.
"Going to New York City was a highlight of the trip," he said.
On another weekend, he visited Washington, D.C., including the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and the monuments at Arlington Cemetery.
On his second-to-last week at Quantico, Powers ran a 6.2-mile trail including an obstacle course about 2.5 miles long called the "Yellow Brick Road" that is used by Marines during their training. He brought back an 8-inch-long yellow brick that sits in his office, signifying the achievement.
"It was a very challenging course," he said.
Powers' family and Mosley attended the graduation ceremony of 221 law enforcement officers. FBI Director James Comey was the main speaker.
"I really learned a lot," Powers said, "and I got to see a lot of things I never saw before."