Police Lieutenant Graduates From FBI National Academy
By Space Coast Daily // December 29, 2012
Palm Bay SWAT Commander
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Less than 1 percent of America’s law enforcement officers graduate from the FBI National Academy, but a new member of that elite group is right here in Brevard County.
Palm Bay Police Lieutenant Steve Bland has successfully completed an intensive 10-week session of specialized training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
In completing his studies at the academy, Bland has become the ninth member of the Palm Bay Police Department to graduate from the elite training course that is only offered to the world’s top law enforcement officers by invitation only.
Officers who attended were hand-picked by their departments and, along with about 250 other officers, completed the 10-week course, which began Sept. 30 at the FBI training facility.
The course included instruction in law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication, and health/fitness.
“I’m honored to have been a part of this program and proud to have represented this department,” Bland said. “This type of focused training is so beneficial and will help us raise the level of professionalism in everything we do here and I’m thankful to have been a part of it.”
He is a 16-year veteran of the Palm Bay Police Department and has served in patrol, investigations, field training officer, youth services and special investigations.
Bland is currently assigned as a lieutenant supervising the Special Victims Unit, Youth Services, Major Case Unit, Special Investigations Unit, Crime Scene Unit and also serves as watch commander and SWAT commander.
In addition to the FBI National Academy course, he also completed training for Certified Public Manager, Florida Leadership Academy and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Middle Management and Tactical Leadership Commander.
He’s currently attending Columbia College at Patrick Air Force Base pursuing a degree in criminal justice.
“I believe Lt. Bland is an example of what we all strive for and that is always reaching higher to do better,” said Palm Bay Police Chief Doug Muldoon. “To have been selected and have successfully completed this level of training says a lot about him and his dedication, not only to serve but to go above and beyond.”
The FBI National Academy is dedicated to the improvement of law enforcement standards and has long been a benchmark for professional continuing education.
Participants are drawn from every state in the union, from U.S. territories, and from over 170 partner nations.
Police officers who attend the academy return to their communities better prepared to meet criminal challenges.
The academy was created in 1935 with 23 students in the first class and has grown over the years to the current enrollment of more than 1,000 students a year.