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University of Utah officer graduates from FBI National Academy

For just the seventh time in the history of the University of Utah Police Department, an officer has graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. On September 14th, Lieutenant Brian Wahlincompleted the 287th session of the respected program. Lt. Wahlin is part of the prestigious one percent of officers nationally who are offered the opportunity to attend the Academy. 

“Lt. Wahlin’s graduation from FBINAA is a testament to his dedication, hard work, and exceptional leadership skills,” said University Chief Safety Officer Keith Squires, who is a 2004 graduate. “The selection process is highly competitive. His accomplishment is a real feather in the cap – not only on himself but also on our organization. We are proud to have him as part of our team, and I commend him for his commitment to professional growth and excellence.”

International excellence 

The National Academy offers 10 week sessions of internationally acclaimed academic, leadership, and fitness training with world renowned instructors. The nearly 200 participants in the session came from over 46 states and 21 countries with an average of 21 years of law enforcement experience. With so much successful professional experience behind them, most graduates advance to executive level positions on their return.

A career highlight and an honor

Lt. Wahlin expressed deep gratitude for the support of his administrators and fellow employees at the University and the encouragement of his wife and family at home. 

“Being able to attend the FBI National Academy was definitely a highlight of my law enforcement career,” said Lt. Wahlin. “It was an honor to be part of a group of law enforcement professionals from all across the United States and throughout the world participating together in both physical and academic achievements. The network of professional relationships we built will be invaluable going forward.”

Lt. Wahlin has worked for the University of Utah Police Department since August 2015 and spent the previous 20 years with the Salt Lake City Police Department. His wide experience at SLCPD included Patrol, Motors, SWAT, School Resource/DARE, Detectives (Robbery, Financial Crimes, Homicide) and Intelligence.