WARNER ROBINS -- Houston County sheriffs Capt. Beth Shafer recently graduated from the FBI National Academy program, only the second person to do so at the sheriffs office.
Its kind of the pinnacle in any law enforcement career to attend that school, said Shafer, second in command at the Houston County jail in Perry. For the sheriff to sign off on my package to let me go was very validating to my career.
Shafer, 52, was among 221 law enforcement officers from 47 states who graduated from the 256th session of the National Academy in Quantico, Va., a sheriffs news release stated.
Its one of those professional milestones, Shafer said.
The class also included members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 23 countries, five military organizations and two federal civilian organizations, the release stated.
Shafer said she was chosen by her peers at the academy as one of six section leaders for the class.
It was kind of daunting to stand before the group, Shafer said. It was a great learning experience as well.
The program includes 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers with proven records within their agencies, the release stated. Most in the program have an average of 19 years of law enforcement experience.
Shafer has been with the sheriffs office since May 1996. She previously served as a special agent with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
The FBI program also included 13 college credit hours that may be applied to a masters or doctorate program should Shafer choose to pursue either degree, she said.
Houston County sheriffs Maj. Alan Everidge, Shafers boss and jail administrator, is the only other person at the sheriffs office to have graduated from the FBI program, the release stated.