ACADEMY NEWS

BY CORY MCGOOKIN

 




One thing I have noticed over the years is that everyone who gets to know the National Academy is truly impressed.  That makes my job easier.  The other thing I have noticed is that many people don’t know about the NA.  I would like to change that.  I am putting an emphasis on marketing the program and marketing the benefits of being a graduate.  The association makes that graduate benefits much easier for me and I thank you.

On the official FBI webpage we have a section titled, “NA Graduates Reflect on Value of Experience.” There are four stories that show operational successes directly attributed to the NA.  I know there are so many more and I would like to know about them so I can really show what becomes possible through our programs.

I have a writer assigned to seek those stories, find the first hand participants and write them down.  I’d like this done for a couple reasons but two of the most important are marketing and reliability.

Marketing the program will be so easy when I have lists of success stories.  I know there are dozens upon dozens of arrests, prosecutions, crimes prevented, people saved, lives changed because of a phone call made from one yellow brick to another yellow brick.  I really look forward to hearing about them.

The reliability matters because I get requests from executives quite often for a story to highlight in remarks as the executive is going to another part of the country or another part of the world.  It’s hard and irresponsible to pass on a third hand story that I heard from a guy who heard from a guy who heard from a guy.  I look forward to the day when the director’s office asks me for a success story to include in his remarks as he travels to another country and I send him six verified stories from which he can choose. 

Those are my goals and I ask for your help.  The stories are out there.  You have them, you know about them, or you have heard about them.  Send us a lead and we will track it down the best we can and then share with all of you the great things that happened.  

Once again, I’m sending you to our general email box for this request.  NationalAcademy@fbi.gov is accessible to many in the NA unit and is where we will have our writer start to get the leads for this special project.  I can’t wait to hear from you all.
 

Stay Safe,

Cory

Cory McGookin
Unit Chief
FBI National Academy

 


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