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Eagle County Sheriff James Van Beek graduates FBI National Academy

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Eagle County Sheriff James Van Beek completed the FBI's national training academy.

EAGLE — Eagle County Sheriff James Van Beek graduated from FBI National Academy's executive leadership development course. The FBI National Academy is located in Quantico, Virginia.

Van Beek joined 213 veteran law enforcement leaders selected by the FBI to participate in 10 weeks of advanced academic and physical training. FBI Director James Comey presented Van Beek with his certificate during a graduation ceremony. Less than 1 percent of American law enforcement officers are National Academy graduates.

The academic training covered executive leadership, terrorism, organizational development and media relations. Candidates also worked officer wellness and fitness into their daily training program.

'Once in a lifetime opportunity'

Van Beek attended the National Academy with executives from 21 countries, 47 states, four military organizations and eight federal civilian agencies in the 264th session of the FBI National Academy.

Van Beek called it a "once in a lifetime opportunity."

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"To be nominated, selected and given such an incredible opportunity to learn and grow with such great leaders from around the world is truly a humbling experience," Van Beek said. "It's one I will always benefit from and reflect upon for the rest of my life."