FBI Director Christopher Wray presents UAPD Captain Chad Stephens with a diploma.

UAPD Captain Graduates from FBI National Academy

University of Alabama Police Captain Chad Stephens graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on Sept. 14.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the FBI National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training.

“The innovative strategies and ideas I’ve gained from the FBI National Academy can help streamline our department’s operations to set the stage for a culture of continuous learning,” Stephens said. “Moreover, the training has empowered me to contribute significantly to policy development and implementation, ensuring our strategies remain up to date in the face of evolving law enforcement trends and threats.”

“Captain Stephens has accomplished something very special and we’re all very proud of him,” said University of Alabama Police Chief John Hooks. “The FBI National Academy is the premier training for law enforcement leaders in the U.S. and only 1% of people in our profession ever get the opportunity to attend. I’m sure that the knowledge and experience he’s gained will continue to advance UAPD’s mission of service to our community.”

UAPD Captain Chad Stephens
UAPD Captain Chad Stephens

Stephens was part of the 287th session of the FBI National Academy, which consisted of men and women from 46 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 21 countries, four military organizations and three federal civilian organizations.

“The global network of law enforcement professionals I joined through the Academy is an invaluable resource for sharing best practices and collaborating on complex issues,” Stephens said. “This network and our department’s boosted reputation from having an additional Academy graduate will help foster increased community trust and attract potential recruits.”

A total of 54,565 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935.

Other Academy graduates serving in public safety at The University of Alabama include Associate Vice President for Public Safety Ralph Clayton, UAPD Chief John Hooks, Director of Emergency Management Donald Keith, Security Resources Operations Manager Mike Lee and Director of UA System Security Steven Anderson.