BEFORD HILLS, NY – Bedford police Sgt. Andrew Bellantone returns to the force this week after completing 10 weeks of advanced law enforcement training at the 256th session of the FBI National Academy.
Bellantone, who graduated Friday, March 28, served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard before entering law enforcement in 2001.
He was one of 221 attendees from 48 states and 23 countries worldwide at the FBI National Academy, which is a long-standing benchmark for professional continuing education in law enforcement, according to the Bedford Police Department.
“Professional development of the police department’s leaders is an essential component in protecting our community,” said Bedford Police Chief William Hayes, a 2006 graduate of the 226th FBI National Academy session. “Thanks to our continuing close partnership with the FBI, this type of education is available to our department.”
During the 10 weeks, the academy offers training in advanced investigation, management and fitness. It also includes instruction in law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism and the terrorist mindset, leadership development and communication, which prepare participants for contemporary law enforcement challenges, according to the Bedford Police Department.
“Having attended the National Academy has been the most rewarding experience in my career to date,” Bellantone said. “The instructors during my ten week course of studies were top notch; far exceeding my expectations.”
The academy is at the FBI training complex in Quantico, Va.
“Any acknowledgement of this great program would not be complete without giving a huge thank you to my wife and two children, and the rest of my family, friends and colleagues who assisted and supported us while I was away,” he said.
The FBI pays for the cost of tuition, room, board and travel.
“I’m excited to get back to the job, and better serve my department and the Bedford community,” Bellatone said.