BY JOHNNIE ADAMS
Dear Fellow Graduates,
The Holiday season is upon us and is a time for reflection and renewals of our New Year’s resolutions. I am thankful for the tremendous giving and support by our fellow graduates through their generous donations to the Foundation. Many tragic events have occurred this year to include hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, fire and earthquakes. These events have affected our members in many ways from working the front lines, time away from family, and damage to their property. As a first responder, we take our oath to serve our community seriously, and I am thankful for the outpouring of support to those in need.
As part of my resolution, it is to take advantage of the things learned while at the NA. Much of this centered on personal wellness and the importance of physical fitness. I can almost hear my instructor Kevin Chimento in my ear stressing the importance of fitness.
As I reflect on this experience, I would be remiss if I did not personally thank Jeff McCormick the Unit Chief of the National Academy who will be moving on to another assignment. Jeff’s commitment to improve the training curriculum and standards were evident by his devotion to the NA. In fact, Jeff is a proud card carrying member of our organization and I know he will stay involved with us moving forward.
In every issue of our magazine, we are dedicated to improve our professional standards and skills. In this issue, we have articles related to the following topics:
- Veteran Centered Policing
- Strengthening the Pre-Employment Polygraph
- The Militarization of the Tactical Uniform
- Surviving the Ground Game: Defensive Tactics in Policing
- A.V.A. Send Help
- Overcoming Stigma (Officer Safety and Wellness)
I encourage you to read them and to send us your feedback so that we can continue to push out the most relevant information and training possible. Email your feedback to email@example.com. Additionally, you may have seen the announcement that we are recruiting members to be a part of the FBINAA Editorial Board. This board will be subject matter experts who will review articles for upcoming issues and pick the best articles possible for our members. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this opportunity.
On a different note, the Chapter officers are getting ready to meet during the last week of January with our Executive Board, National Office Staff and members of the Academy Training Unit to discuss ways of improving your experience as a member of our Association. We will also be introducing our new membership engagement APP to improve communication with our membership and hope that you will share in that experience.
Finally, take this time to spend time with family and friends and recharge your batteries. I tend to reflect and listen to my favorite songs during this time of year and I think of “Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy.” This mix originally sung by David Bowie and Bing Crosby remind me of what we can hope for with future generations.
Stay safe and God Bless,
President FBI NAA
Chief, Santa Monica College Police Department
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