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Deputy Police Chief Scott Eisenmenger graduated from the FBI’s National Academy (FBINA) on March 16, 2018, earning him a spot among former Buffalo Grove Police Department graduates, Deputy Chief Michael Szos and Chief Steven Casstevens.
The FBINA began in July of 1935 in order to create a more standardized level of professional training.
Deputy Chief Eisenmenger was part of the 271st session to complete the rigorous academy, where command level officers are nominated due to their demonstrated leadership qualities. Officers form partnerships and friendships with other academy classmates who hail from other states and countries. In the past, these relationships have proven invaluable, as colleagues have relied on each other to help solve homicides, kidnappings and bank robberies across state lines and internationally. Deputy Chief Eisenmenger was nominated by Chief Casstevens, who strongly encourages his administration to complete the academy.
“I am thankful for opportunity to have attended the most prestigious command level law enforcement training in the world. It was a highly rewarding experience that I will never forget. I hope to carry-on the partnerships that were cultivated and continue my leadership in Buffalo Grove, equipped with the lessons learned throughout the session,” Deputy Chief Eisenmenger said upon his return.
During the 10-week course, which is held at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia, Deputy Chief Eisenmenger completed undergraduate and graduate level courses pertaining to law, media, crisis management and leadership, among others. He also endured demanding fitness challenges, including the 'Yellow Brick Road.' The 'Yellow Brick Road' fitness challenge involves a 6.1-mile run over a hilly trail, which was built by the United States Marine Corps. Along the run, participants must scale walls, jump through simulated windows, and crawl under barbed wire obstacles.
In addition to their training, students raised funds during the session for Concerns for Police Survivors, the family of a fallen Chicago Police Commander, and Special Olympics Virginia, as a way of giving back to their communities.