Jeffery S. Montesano, deputy chief of the Cornell University Police Department, graduated from the FBI National Academy, Dec. 20, 2019, in a ceremony at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Montesano was one of 258 law enforcement officers – representing 49 states plus the District of Columbia – at the 278th session of the academy. Members of law enforcement agencies from 37 countries, four military organizations and six federal civilian organizations attended the academy.
“I am so humbled and thankful for this opportunity,” Montesano said. “It has been an honor and I am proud to stand alongside 258 of the finest law enforcement officers from around the world.”
The FBI National Academy represents the top 1% of law enforcement executives from around the world. The 11-week session featured a professional course of study on executive leadership, forensics, technology, wellness, physical fitness and community relations. Participants needed proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend.
On average, attendees had 21 years of law enforcement experience. Most academy graduates return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.
FBI Director Christopher Wray delivered remarks at the graduation ceremony. Class spokesperson Paul Acosta, assistant chief of the Miami Beach, Florida, Police Department, represented the graduating officers. Montesano was accompanied by his wife, Maria, and their two children.
FBI Academy instructors, special agents and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training. A total of 52,540 law enforcement professionals have graduated from the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935.
Montesano has had several assignments in his 21 years with the Cornell University Police Department, including patrol and K-9 officer; he’s held ranks of sergeant and lieutenant. Montesano is certified as a police instructor, field training officer and firearms instructor.
“We are incredibly proud of Deputy Chief Montesano for completing this challenging training,” said CUPD Chief David Honan. ”The contemporary law enforcement skills learned at the FBI National Academy will benefit the Cornell University Police and the entire Cornell community.”