The Idaho Falls Police Department congratulates Lt. Steven Poulter on his recent graduation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
Lt. Poulter attended the ten-week FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia where he graduated with 224 other law enforcement officers from 48 states. Also included in the class were members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 22 international countries, 5 military organizations and 6 federal civilian organizations.
“The advanced training that the FBI Academy offers is unique, “states Chief Bryce Johnson. “Since 1952, the Idaho Falls Police Department has sent 18 officers to the academy. To have yet another graduate among our ranks is quite exceptional. Due to the training Lt. Poulter received, our department as a whole will continue to advance and refine the community policing that we have come to be known for,” adds Chief Johnson.
Lt. Poulter began his career with the Idaho Falls Police Department in 1993. Since that time, he has served in many capacities including Uniform Division, Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO), Sr. Patrolman, Patrol Supervisor, SWAT Team, SWAT Team Leader and Detective.
In addition, Lt. Poulter has received numerous awards during his time with the department, such as Police Officer of the Year, Chief’s Commendation, Commanders Commendation, Life Saving Award and Officer of the Month.
According to an FBI news release, the internationally recognized National Academy Program held at the FBI Academy offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for selected officers. Attendees must have proven records as professionals within their home agencies. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to serve in upper administrative-level positions.
FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents and other staff members who hold advanced degrees, offer this advanced training. Many are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.
“The entire community benefits when one of our own receives advanced training, states Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper. “The skills and insights Lt. Poulter brings back will be used in service to the department and will ideally help to shape future department and community leaders. I look forward to sending more members of the department as their careers mature and as department resources allow.”
A total of 50,365 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy since program inception in 1935.
Photo: Lt. Poulter (left) pictured with Cpt. Royce Clements (right), Idaho Falls Police Department.