Haynes completes special FBI Academy training

Apr 13, 2017
Photo by: Donated FBI Director James Comey gives Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes his diploma. Haynes recently completed a 10-week training program at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

QUANTICO, Virginia — Haywood County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes was one of 227 law enforcement officers who graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia, on March 17. The program included men and women from 48 states and 25 countries.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the national academy program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.

On average, these officers have roughly 20 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

“It was incredibly impressive that Chief Haynes was selected to attend this academy. The whole process has molded him to become an even greater asset to our office,” said Sheriff Greg Christopher.

FBI Director James Comey was the principal speaker at the ceremony.

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

“I will admit being away from family and learning how to get into that intense study mode after being out of college for so long were some of the bigger challenges for me,” said Haynes. “But the value of what was offered through this academy made up for my time spent away from the Sheriff’s Office.”

Haynes said attending the FBI Academy was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that was life changing for him on a personal and professional level.

“It was truly remarkable to come to the realization that no matter how different our agencies are, no matter how big or small, we are still very much the same," said Haynes. "We all see the same problems, share the same fears, share the same joys and deal with the same issues."

Christopher said that with this additional training, the opportunities for Haynes are "limitless."

"It sets such a wonderful example for our office — that no matter how long you have worked in a profession or how accomplished you are, there is always room for growth, and those who are open to improvement will come out on top,” he said.