SCHENECTADY -- Police Chief Eric Clifford graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy on Friday, according to a press release from the city department.
Clifford has been at the FBI in Quantico, Virginia, since Oct. 1 for the 10-week program. While there, Clifford took classes in psychology of leadership, intelligence theory, managing the law enforcement image and executive leadership skills, according to the department's statement.
The program is meant for those ranked lieutenant or higher and who plan to stay in law enforcement for at least three years after graduating from the program.
Clifford also completed the 6.1-mile run known as The Yellow Brick Road. The course was designed by the U.S. Marine Corps., and runners must negotiate obstacles -- climbing walls, scaling rock faces with ropes and crawling under barbed wire through muddy water -- along its length.
Runners receive a commemorative Yellow Brick Road brick after completing the course to honor their accomplishment.
Clifford, who was nominated to participate in the program by late Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett, said he was thankful to attend what he called “the most prestigious command level law enforcement training in the world.”
“It was a highly rewarding experience that I will never forget,” Clifford said in a prepared statement. “I hope to carry on the partnerships that were cultivated and continue my leadership in Schenectady, equipped with the lessons learned throughout the session.”
Clifford also helped raise money for the Concerns of Police Survivors, a national organization that provides support for the families and coworkers of fallen police officers. He was able to raise $280 on behalf of the city for the charity by bringing an item donated by Bobby Mallozzi from Villa Italia Bakery, according to the press release.
Clifford joins Assistant Chief Michael Seber and Assistant Chief Jack Falvo, who previously completed the program.