The FBI National Academy Associates hosted its first FBINAA 2020: CONNECTING LEADERS Virtual Leadership, Education and Networking Event September 1-3, 2020. This three-day event had nearly 2,000 registered attendees which included FBINAA members, police leaders, security professional, members and board executives from law enforcement associations, as well as representatives from FBINAA strategic and alliance partners. Attendees represented all 50 U.S. states and over 30 countries world-wide.

The FBINAA 2020: CONNECTING LEADERS Virtual Event was an aggressive solution addressing the cancellation of the annual national training conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event was scheduled for July in New Orleans, LA which the FBINAA hosts for members and law enforcement leaders. FBINAA President Joe Hellebrand stated “The FBI National Academy Associates has always been committed and dedicated to providing our communities, states, countries, and profession with the highest degree of law enforcement expertise, education and information. This will not change.”

Attendees participated in six keynote presentations and were able to take advantage of the six On-Demand Breakout Sessions. Through its commitment to providing education that aligns with advanced executive law enforcement professional development, participants were eligible for a total of 4.5 education hours applicable to their career advancement. Attendees also had the opportunity to visit the Sponsor Solutions Center to engage and learn about the latest products and technologies offered in the law enforcement profession today by industry experts in preparation for tomorrow.

The FBINAA 2020: CONNECTING LEADERS Virtual Event began with the Presentation of Colors and a salute to the FBINAA Memory Table which honor those members that passed in the last year. Attendees heard from FBI Director Christopher A. Wray who shared, “As law enforcement, we are bound by an oath to serve all members of our communities with equal compassion, professionalism, dignity and respect.” The six keynote presentations covered timely topics affecting law enforcement leaders in the 21st century.

Keynote Presentations:

  • Message from FBI Director Christopher Wray
  • Heart Focus Leadership
  • Protest & Civil Unrest
  • Officer Wellness in the 21st Century
  • The Value of Exceptional Leadership
  • Leadership and Community Engagement
  • Cyber Threats in the Global Pandemic


Breakout Sessions:

  • Active Shooter: Virginia Beach Municipal Center 2019
  • Image Management: Law Enforcement Communication Best Practices in Civil Unrest
  • Public Order, Protests and Civil Unrest: Balancing Citizen Rights and Protecting Agency Reputation in the 21st Century
  • Burnout is a Symptom: Leaders Overcome Burnout Through Empowerment & Engagement
  • Steps to Financial Freedom: A Spending Plan
  • Life After Law Enforcement


Participants also were able to visit the 36 sponsor portals in the Sponsor Solutions Center. President Hellebrand shared his gratitude for the participation and involvement of law enforcement leaders and partners to make this event a success by stating, “We are grateful to have world-class keynote presenters and the continued support from our strategic and academic alliance partners who have showcased their newest products, technologies and services.”

Here are some of the highlights of the virtual event:

Total Participants (of 1,885 registrants)
FBINAA Members – 1,242
Non-Member - 74
InfraGard Members - 57
Sponsors - 164
Staff - 9

Keynote Sessions (average concurrent users)
Day 1 – 1,189
Day 2 – 1,140
Day 3 – 996

Participant Activity
On-Demand Sessions – 1,090
Program Book – 830
Giveaways & Promotions - 612
Get to Know Your Association – 489
Sponsor Solutions Center – 222
FBINAA Charitable Foundation – 145
History of the National Academy - 102
FBINAA Virtual Store – 91