Captain E. Duron Thompson graduates from the FBI National Academy

ALBANY, Ga. – On September 14, 2023, Captain E. Duron Thompson graduated as a member of the 287th session of the FBI National Academy. The graduation took place at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Captain Thompson is the most recent officer in department history to complete this prestigious program. Nationally, fewer than one percent of officers can attend the program.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

The 287th session consisted of one hundred and ninety-nine law enforcement officers from 46 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 21 countries, four military organizations, and three federal civilian organizations.

Captain E Duron Thompson

Photo: Captain E. Duron Thompson – Albany Police Department

Captain E. Duron Thompson’s Bio

Captain E. Duron Thompson was born and raised in Albany, GA, and is a graduate of Dougherty Comprehensive High School. The youngest of four, Capt. Thompson joined the United States Army immediately upon graduating high school, where he served as an Airborne Infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division. During his military career, he participated in three campaigns: Operation Desert Storm, Stabilization Force 9 (Bosnia), and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently retired from the Army and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Capt. Thompson worked as a Correctional Officer for over five years at Jimmy Autry State Prison. There he worked on the Correctional Emergency Team (C.E.R.T) and as a Drill Instructor in the Intensive Therapeutic Program (ITP). Capt. Thompson has been a police officer with the Albany Police Department since 2003. He worked in patrol, and after being promoted to the rank of Sergeant, he supervised the agency’s Gang Task Force. After three years, the police department’s Training Coordinator retired and was in search of a new one. After a thorough vetting process, Capt. Thompson was chosen for the position. After working in this position for over 8 years, Capt. Thompson was assigned to the Office of Professional Standards Internal Affairs, where he currently serves. Along with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from Albany State University, he is also a recipient of a Master’s in Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University.

Capt. Thompson is a graduate of the Leadership Albany class of 2022. Additionally, he also holds the following law enforcement Instructor Certifications:
o General
o Firearms
o Speed Detection
o Active Shooter and Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

In addition to teaching at different agencies, Capt. Thompson has also served as an adjunct Instructor with Georgia Public Safety Center (GPSTC).

About the FBI National Academy
FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training; many instructors are recognized internationally in their fields. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered. A total of 54,565 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.

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