Hello Wadesboro, writing to you from Wadesboro. Yes, I’m back and very happy to be back. I graduated from the FBI National Academy on March 16 and walked across the stage and received my diploma from the director of the FBI himself, George Mueller. What an honor to have gone and now completed some of the top law enforcement training offered, not only in the United States, but throughout the world! The experience is only second to having been selected as the Chief of Police for Wadesboro and I come back refreshed and ready to share many of the things I have learned.
First though, I must tell you about the final run, which again was called the “Yellow Brick Road” — a run of 6.2 miles with 15 obstacles on the course. This is the exact same run that our Marines go through and the experience was everything that I was told it would be. First of all, the day was absolutely perfect in terms of weather. I believe it was a nice way of Quantico, Va., saying goodbye to the 257 graduates of the 248 class. Of the 257 runners that day, if you remember, there were only 12 women in the class. As a way of further standing out, all of us dressed in bright colors with colors of pink, green and purple. Even our hair was sprayed in colors, and yes, we stood out and it was great. The day saw us running, going up rock cliffs with ropes, climbing over walls, going through windows, climbing over cargo netting, and crawling under barbed wire through ditches filled with water, and all the time running. I finished in 85 minutes and was certainly not the last across the line. However, it was never about who was last over the finish line with this run, but rather, it was about camaraderie and teamwork to see that everyone finished. It was a solid “feel good moment.”
The academic classes were simply outstanding. I excelled at all of them, earning 17 graduate level credits towards my master’s degree. My goal will be that other Wadesboro officers who qualify and want this type of training be encouraged to apply through my nomination of them.
The citizens of Wadesboro will continue to be the beneficiaries of opportunities like this with a continued push to be the most professional department possible. Thank you all for your support and I thank my department for their support. Please feel free to stop by as see me with any issues and/or concerns, but also stop by to tell me some of the good things you have seen with the department. Again, happy to be back in town!