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Erlanger Police Lieutenant Graduates from FBI National Academy


Erlanger Police Lieutenant Jonathan Sterling was among three recent Kentucky graduates of the FBI's National Academy, the FBI's Louisville office announced.

Sterling attended a ten-week training session at the academy in Quantico, Virginia.

He trained with Paducah Police Assistant Chief Justin Crowell and Elizabethtown Police Lieutenant Josh Richardson.

The selection process for the academy is highly competitive, including a nomination by a supervisor, interviews with the candidate and co-workers, a background check, a physical fitness determination, and support of former academy graduates within the candidate's organization.

“Graduating from the National Academy’s 10-week program is no easy task. Assistant Chief Crowell, Lt. Richardson, and Lt. Sterling should be very proud of their accomplishment, and we are grateful for their participation in the National Academy and their leadership in the Commonwealth,” said FBI Louisville Special Agent in Charge James Robert Brown, Jr. 


“The time I spent at The National Academy was one of the best experiences I have had in my life," Sterling said. "I am a better person and hopefully a better leader because of my time there. I knew from talking to my colleagues who have come before me that the NA isn’t about the hallways or the buildings. Even though the facilities are fantastic, it’s about the people. I got to spend time with the best of the best, the best of the best law enforcement leaders and criminal justice instructors, not just in the United States, but in the entire world for ten weeks. 

"The word networking doesn’t even come close to the word used to describe those who you meet. I now have a new family and a better family I could not ask for. The time we shared together and the experiences are truly once in a lifetime.”

-Staff report

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