Chief Doug Shoemaker has announced that Lt. Preston Pohler has graduated as a member of the 287th session of the FBI National Academy. The graduation took place at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on Thursday, Sept. 14. Lt. Pohler is the seventh officer in department history to complete this prestigious program. Nationally, fewer than one percent 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 287th session consisted of 199 law enforcement officers from 46 states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 21 countries, four military organizations, and three federal civilian organizations.
“It was truly an honor to attend this program,” said Lt. Pohler. “This has been one of highlights of my career and the skills and friendships I've made will last a lifetime."
Deputy Chief Derek Bradford stated he was incredibly proud of Lt. Pohler’s accomplishment. Taking 10 weeks away from one’s family is no small feat. He also expressed excitement to see what Lt. Pohler brings back to Denton PD to enhance and elevate the professional services provided the community.
Lt. Pohler began his law enforcement career with Denton PD in 2007. He currently serves as the Recruitment and Training Division Commander. Previously, he has served in the patrol bureau, downtown division, Student Resource Officer program, community resource and media relations units, traffic division, and special events, including emergency management.