LIMA — Lt. Andy Green will return to familiar surroundings when he rejoins his fellow employees at the Lima Police Department on Tuesday.
Green’s been a fixture at the LPD for the better part of two decades, but he’s been gone for a while — almost three months — as one of the cream of the crop of law enforcement officers across the nation and the world selected to take part in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
This year’s academy was the 270th in FBI history. Started in 1935, the program boasts more than 50,000 graduates to date. According to information provided by the FBI, just 1 percent of the nation’s law enforcement officers are afforded the opportunity to attend the exclusive academy.
Participants from Ohio were selected from both the Cleveland and Cincinnati FBI offices following extensive screening. Green was one of four individuals chosen to represent the FBI’s Cleveland office as a participant in the extensive and prestigious training program.
“You have to apply, then there’s a fairly detailed process to get accepted to attend the academy. And you have to have the rank of lieutenant at a minimum to be considered,” Green said earlier this week from his Lima home, where he was taking a brief vacation before returning to work at the Lima Police Department.
Green’s participation in the academy put the veteran Lima police officer in select company. For 11 weeks he took part in intensive career leadership training alongside 221 others who are among the finest law enforcement executives from across the globe. Academy participants represented 49 states and 20 countries. Green said the contacts made with other academy participants will last a lifetime and will benefit him greatly as he continues his career path in law enforcement.
“The individuals at the academy had an average of 21 years of law enforcement experience,” Green said. “One of the main take-aways from the academy for me was the networking aspect. I spent 11 weeks with 200 of the best officers in the world and I’m certain I will remain in contact with many of them. It was outstanding, and I met some really great people. I really learned a lot.”
Green started his training on Oct. 2 and graduated from the academy on Dec. 15. The closing ceremony was attended by FBI Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among others. Delivering the keynote address was President Donald Trump.
What he learned in those 11 weeks will almost certainly benefit the residents of Lima Green has served for the past 18-plus years.
“This is something that will help me advance in my career. The academy is the best leadership course for cops out there,” Green said, adding that he has “no plans to leave the Lima Police Department anytime soon.”
Attending the FBI graduation ceremonies were Green’s wife, Lacy, and his sons, Asher and Isaac. Also making the drive from Lima to Virginia for the event was Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin.
A SPOUSE’S VIEW
Lacy Green shared the overpowering emotions she felt in witnessing the FBI graduation ceremony on her Facebook page when she wrote, “What an incredible experience we’ve had at the FBI today. President Trump gave a beautiful speech about law enforcement officers and their families. Absolutely honored by his support. It’s been over 40 years since a president attended the FBI National Academy graduation. This was such a needed indication of the support our LEOs (law enforcement officers) and LEO families have in the White House.”
Lacy Green said the couple’s sons “loved seeing secret service agents and FBI agents. We even sat in the lunchroom with FBI director Christopher Wray for lunch today. I’ve never been more proud to be in the law enforcement family. To be so close to the guardians of our nation is an honor I never take lightly.
“If you are reading this and you are a law enforcement officer, thank you. And thank you to your family. I know the price you pay to serve in your calling. And I know the price your family pays.
As Andy and I make our way home I am aware of the change that is before us. I’m bringing home a man who is prepared to lead the guardians while serving them as well. Lima police officers, you matter. Keep being the guardians of the city and know that you matter to this man,” Lacy Green wrote.