AUBURN — Police Deputy Chief Timothy Cougle has graduated as a member of the 284th session of the FBI National Academy. The graduation was held Dec. 8 at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Auburn Police Deputy Chief Timothy Cougle graduated Dec. 8 from the FBI National Academy in Virginia.

Cougle is the sixth officer in the department’s history to complete this prestigious program. Nationally, fewer than 1% of officers have the opportunity to attend the program.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers 10 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 284th session consistent of 237 law enforcement officers from 49 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 25 countries, five military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations.

“This experience was definitely a highlight of my law enforcement career,” Cougle said. “To be surrounded by, learn from, and connect with some of the best law enforcement professionals in the world was a unique opportunity and an experience I will never forget.”

Cougle, a lifelong resident of Auburn, is a 25-year veteran of the department. He has served as a patrol officer, detective, patrol sergeant and lieutenant, and was commander of all three divisions within the department: patrol, support services and criminal investigations prior to his appointment as deputy chief.

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