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LC Chief Deputy Dusty Arnold  graduates from prestigious FBI National Academy

On March 16, 2023, Sheriff Buddy Money announced that Chief Deputy Dusty Arnold has graduated as a member of the 285th session of the FBI National Academy. The graduation took place at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on March 16th, 2023. Chief Deputy Dusty Arnold is the first employee at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office to complete this prestigious program. Nationally, fewer than one percent of law enforcement officers have the opportunity to attend the program.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

The 285th session consists of two hundred and forty-seven law enforcement officers from 47 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 28 countries, four military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations.

“Chief Deputy Dusty Arnold is a highly trained and experienced public servant dedicated to the citizens of Liberty County,” said Sheriff Money. “This training will further improve his extensive knowledge base and ability to help lead our agency.”  

Chief Deputy Arnold started his career with the Florida Highway Patrol in 2004.  Prior to his arrival to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Arnold was a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and a Maritime Enforcement Specialist in the United States Coast Guard Reserve.  Chief Arnold has a master’s degree in justice administration from Faulkner University.

About the FBI National Academy: The FBI National Academy was founded by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in 1935. Only the top 1% of law enforcement leaders are accepted for this program. Since 1972, the FBI National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.

Congratulations to Chief Deputy Dusty Arnold for being the first Liberty County Sheriff’s Office employee to be nominated, selected, and graduate from the FBI National Academy (The Harvard for Leaders in Law Enforcement).

The ten-week FBI National Academy program was created in 1935 by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Students selected to attend this program must go through a thorough FBI background investigation and meet educational and physical prerequisites. Only the top 1% of law enforcement leaders worldwide are selected to attend. The FBI National Academy is founded on three pillars, academics, physical fitness, and networking. 

Academics: All FBI NA students are required to take college-level courses (undergraduate or graduate) through the University of Virginia. Chief Arnold selected all master’s level courses and completed his courses with a perfect 4.0 GPA, earning a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia. 

Physical Fitness: All FBI NA students participated in multiple fitness challenges for the opportunity to run the famous Yellow Brick Road. The Yellow Brick Road is a grueling 6.1-mile obstacle course created by the US Marine Corps through the hills of Quantico. Chief Arnold successfully completed all the fitness challenges and earned his Yellow Brick. Additionally, Chief Arnold participated in student-led challenges and earned the infamous Blue Brick. The Blue Brick is earned by swimming 34 miles (the distance from Quantico to Washington D.C.) over the 10-week course. 

Networking: Over the 10-week course, Chief Arnold had the opportunity to network and make friends with 247 other FBI National Academy students that represented 48 states and 29 countries. 

We are extremely proud of Chief Arnold’s accomplishments and we are happy to have him back home in Liberty County.

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