Jun. 25—Jacksonville police Chief Marcus Wooden just lately added “FBI Nationwide Academy graduate” to his resume.
The 36-year-old took a 10-week hiatus from the division and flew to Quantico, Va., to finish coaching. He stated he was capable of juggle being a police chief, having a household, and nonetheless managing to concentrate on the course work as a result of he has a “nice command workers” in Jacksonville: Assistant Chief Jason Oden and Lieutenant Jason Campbell.
Oden stated Wooden would name every day and stored in fixed contact for any choices that needed to be made on his degree.
“He nonetheless made all the selections that had been crucial from Quantico to right here by way of us,” Oden stated.
The chief was amongst 254 others who graduated June 9, representing 47 states and 26 international locations, based on Wooden. He stated being surrounded by the vary of various cultures and folks from completely different areas gave a leg up that will in the end assist him as chief.
“Individuals all the time ask, ‘Properly how does that assist town, or how does that assist the police division?'” Wooden stated. “In these 255 folks, these 26 completely different worldwide international locations, everyone knows that criminals do not commit their crimes by jurisdiction or state strains.”
Wooden stated he now has 255 connections that he can name if wanted. For instance, if he has somebody who had dedicated against the law who’s from El Paso, Texas, and he graduated with somebody from El Paso, that offers him a connection to that metropolis reasonably than making a “chilly name” to somebody that does not know him.
“It additionally helps with not reinventing the wheel, as a result of in legislation enforcement all people is in the end attempting to attempt to do the identical factor,” Wooden stated. “It simply could also be the place you are at in that sort of processing to get it carried out.”
Wooden defined that different companies in numerous states may be coping with a few of the similar points for which insurance policies have already been formulated — insurance policies similar to what these companies are doing to recruit folks, or what they’re doing to retain them. Studying about these insurance policies saves the Jacksonville lawman from having to analysis and create that coverage on his personal.
“It is actually useful to have the ability to get on an e-mail thread with 254 folks and say, ‘Hey look does anybody have a coverage for this?’ and also you get 40 replies,” Wooden stated. “Now you bought 40 insurance policies you can decide and select from to make a coverage for us.”
To be accepted into the Nationwide Academy, an individual should first have a advice. In Wooden’s case, he was really useful by town’s mayor, Johnny Smith.
“I can say that we’re actually pleased with him,” Jacksonville’s Public Info Officer Ben Nunnally stated. “Our metropolis leaders have had quite a lot of religion in Chief Wooden since he took over his place, and he retains on proving that religion was well-placed.”
To be accepted into the academy, you additionally first have to rank as a lieutenant or larger — to be able of authority — Wooden stated.
“We’re all very pleased with Chief Wooden for having the ability to go to the Nationwide Academy,” Oden stated. “They do rather a lot to verify somebody’s character all through their profession and likewise their integrity all through their profession. And Chief Wooden has each of these locked down.”
Oden stated if most people may see the day-to-day lifetime of Wooden, they might see a hard-working man who’s “unselfish” in nature. He stated on prime of placing in his all as chief, he’s elevating 4 kids together with his spouse, and goes to each ball sport or swim meet his children have.
“He is some of the unselfish folks that I’ve ever seen. I am unable to inform you the final time I noticed Chief Wooden do one thing for himself,” Oden stated. “That ought to talk rather a lot to his character, his place as chief, his place as my boss. I am unable to consider anyone with extra integrity than Chief Wooden.”
As a part of the coaching, Wooden stayed on the coaching heart on the FBI Academy in Quantico for 10 full weeks, working 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. taking six college-like programs that had been based mostly off of a curriculum from the College of Virginia.
There have been 53,435 graduates who’ve accomplished the FBI Nationwide Academy because it started in 1935, a current press launch from the Federal Bureau of Investigations acknowledged.