2002-12-28 / Front Page

Talamo Returns From FBI Training Program

Captain Says Many Trainees And Instructors Asked About Rockaway
By Gary G. Toms


"There was not one person I spoke to who was unaware of the high number of Rockaway casualties, regarding September 11 and Flight 587," said Talamo."There was not one person I spoke to who was unaware of the high number of Rockaway casualties, regarding September 11 and Flight 587," said Talamo. Captain Says Many Trainees And Instructors Asked About Rockaway

This month, 244 law enforcement officers graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. One of those graduates was the 100 Precinct's Captain Charles Talamo.

"I am happy to report to the community, through The Wave, that I have returned to my duties as the Commanding Officer of your precinct here in Rockaway, upon completion of the FBI National Academy Training Program," said Talamo.

"I am looking forward to our renewed partnership, and together I am confident that we will continue with our success in reducing crime and addressing Quality of Life issues."

The 211th session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 50 states, the District of Columbia, 18 international countries, four military organizations, and three federal civilian organizations.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offered 11 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience, and they usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

Robert S. Muller, III, FBI Director, was the Keynote Speaker at the graduation ceremony.

Talamo told The Waver that when most of the other trainees found out he was from New York, the Rockaways in particular, they asked him many questions about the area and its people.

"They all wanted to know how the people in Rockaway were doing after the devastating events of September 11 and the crash of Flight 587. It didn't matter where these trainees where from, each of them knew about what we went through. I was shocked, but deeply moved at the same time."

Talamo continued by stating that virtually all of the men and women at the National Academy sought him out to offer words of encouragement, sympathy, and support in the wake of the tragedies.

"There was not one person I spoke to who was unaware of the high number of Rockaway casualties, regarding September 11 and Flight 587," said Talamo.

"On behalf of the men and women from the 211th session of the FBI National Academy, I have been asked to express their solidarity and best wishes to the good people of Rockaway."

Training for the program was provided by FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.

Some of the graduate level courses that Captain Talamo attended included the following. Each of the courses consisted of 3 semester hours and 44 classroom hours.

  • Seminar in Organizational Communications for Law Enforcement Executives

  • Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement

  • Crime Analysis, Futuristics & Law Enforcement: The 21st Century and....

  • Violent Behavior: A Bio-Psychosocial Approach

Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university courses offered.

The graduating officers were represented by the class spokesperson, Assistant Chief John Arthur King of the Montgomery County Police Department in Rockville, Maryland. A total of 36,031 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July of 1935. Of this number, approximately 21,696 are still active in law enforcement work.

Talamo concluded by telling The Wave that the experience at the National Academy was a good one, and that he will always remember the sincerity of his fellow law enforcement representatives when they praised the people of Rockaway.

"The whole experience was just great. It was truly amazing to have people you have never met in your life coming up to you to say they support you and will be there for you. It means a lot in terms of being a law enforcement official, but it means even more when they related it to Rockaway and all the suffering we've been through."


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