Melbourne Police Commander Claycomb Completes FBI National Academy Program
Melbourne Police Commander Marc Claycomb has recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. He was one of only 220 to complete this year’s program. Fellow graduates included representatives from 48 states, the District of Columbia, 25 countries, four military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.
The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers who are nominated by their agencies for demonstrated leadership qualities.
“I commend Commander Marc Claycomb for his outstanding achievement,” said Melbourne Chief of Police David Gillespie. “This training will assist him with his leadership skills as we lead the Melbourne Police Department into the future.”
“I also want to thank the FBI for their continued partnership and for allowing Commander Claycomb this opportunity to train with some our country’s best leaders,” Gillespie said.
The 10-week program—which provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science—serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.
“The FBI National Academy is the industry standard in executive leadership and supervisory skills and management — I was honored to attend,” said Commander Claycomb. “In addition to completing master’s level work in key academic areas, I also had the opportunity to network and build strong ties with law enforcement leaders in 48 states and 25 countries, as well as with our partners in the FBI. This experience will help me help the MPD meet its goals to protect our community in the most efficient and effective way possible and will help ensure we are using the best techniques and are accessing all the available resources to meet — or exceed — those goals.”
Commander Claycomb has been in law enforcement for 27 years and has been with the Melbourne Police Department for 21 years. He has served in multiple divisions, including Operations/Patrol, Professional Standards, and Support Services. He currently oversees the Criminal Investigations Division and will soon be moving to the Special Operations Division. He has been a commander since 2010.
The FBI National Academy began in 1935. It was created in response to a 1930 study by the Wickersham Commission that recommended the standardization and professionalization of law enforcement departments across the U.S. through centralized training. To learn more about the National Academy, visit the FBI’s website.
Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI, congratulates Melbourne Police Commander Marc Claycomb on his graduation from the FBI National Academy.