- Sarah Peters Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A Palm Beach Gardens major is one of five South Florida police officers who graduated from the FBI’s elite training program Friday.
Paul Rogers completed the 10-week FBI National Academy that began Oct. 3 at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Rogers, a Palm Beach Gardens native, has worked for the department since 1996.
Rogers and a class of about 250 other officers learned about law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism and terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication and fitness , according to the FBI.
The Fort Lauderdale and Pinecrest Police Departments and the Indian River and Broward County Sheriff’s Offices each sent an officer to the academy. President Donald Trump spoke at their graduation.
FBI National Academy graduates make up less than one percent of U.S. police officers, the FBI said. Participants come from every state and 150 partner nations, according to the FBI. The academy has grown from a class of 23 students in 1935 to an enrollment of more than 1,000 students each year.
Police leave the academy better prepared to meet challenges from criminals when they return to their communities, the FBI said.
Rogers oversees recruiting, background investigations, records, and training, among other responsibilities, for the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department. He was a detective and then a sergeant assigned to road patrol and community involvement before he was promoted to major in 2015.