Boerne Police Department Lt. Chris Walk was among 199 law enforcement officers from across the country and the world to graduate from the FBI National Academy Sept. 14, 2023.
The academy invites only the top one percent of law enforcement officers to attend 10 weeks of advanced training in intelligence theory, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, forensic science, and terrorism and terrorist mindsets. The officers who attend have, on average, 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
“The completion of the FBI National Academy is a testament to the dedication Lt. Walk has to his craft and to our community,” Boerne Police Chief Steve Perez said. “The advanced training and concepts he has learned will benefit our residents as we continually strive for excellence.”
Since joining the Boerne Police Department in 2012, Lt. Walk has served as a detective, school resource officer, patrol sergeant, and dispatch sergeant. Most recently, he was promoted to lieutenant in 2022. He is the current public information officer for the department.
He is the fifth officer from the Boerne Police Department to graduate from the FBI National Academy. Current BPD graduates include Chief Perez and Assistant Chief Cody Lackey.
Lt. Walk and his academy classmates represented 46 states and the District of Columbia, 21 countries, four military organizations, and three federal civilian organizations.
FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits all the National Academy courses.
This was the 287th session of the National Academy, located in Quantico, Virginia. A total of 54,565 graduates have graduated from the academy since it began in 1935.