On September 20, 2013 Lt. David Johnson graduated the 254th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Two Hundred and seven other officers from 49 states and 22 other nations graduated alongside Lt. Johnson. 15 Texas agencies were represented in the 254th session and the class spokesperson was Captain Danny Presley from the Texarkana Police Department. Newly appointed FBI Director James Comey was the keynote speaker during the graduation ceremonies.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. Training for the program is provided by FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. During his stay in Virginia, Lt. Johnson swam an average of 1 to 2 miles a day over 7 weeks to earn a blue brick which represents a 34 mile swim challenge equivalent to swimming the Potomac River from Quantico, VA to Washington, DC.
A total of 47,034 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, approximately 29,521 are still active in law enforcement.
Lt. David Johnson has been with the Bryan Police Department for 22 years and has worked as a Patrol Officer, Detective for the Criminal Investigation Division, was promoted to Sergeant in 2000, and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007. He is currently assigned to the Special Investigations division, supervising the Neighborhood Enforcement Team, Criminal Intelligence Team, Directed Deployment Team, Drug Enforcement Team, and the Emergency Response Unit made up of the Crisis Negotiation Team and Tactical Response Team. Lt. Johnson was also a member of the Tactical Response Team for 6 years from 1997 to 2003.
Lt. Johnson would like to express his appreciation to his family, and also to Chief Buske for the opportunity to attend the National Academy. He believes the training he received will help him better serve the community and his fellow officers.