Wauwatosa Police Captain Graduates from FBI National Academy
Less than 1% of law enforcement are selected to attend
Captain Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department recently graduated from a 10-week program at the FBI National Academy, located at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. It was the 275th Session of the National Academy, which began in 1935, and included 251 law enforcement leaders from throughout the United States and 26 foreign countries. Participants are selected each year through a nomination process in which candidates are chosen based on their demonstrated leadership. Less than 1% of law enforcement worldwide ever have the opportunity to attend.
While participating in this professional development training, Captain Zalewski completed graduate level coursework which included advanced leadership practices, management and behavioral science, media and the law enforcement image, officer wellness and fitness, and critical analysis of present day policing.
Photo (right): FBI Director Christopher Wray and Captain Brian Zalewski
The overall goal of the National Academy is to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research and forging partnerships throughout the world. Police leaders who attend the Academy return to their communities better prepared to meet challenges in their communities and within their organizations.
The training is also known for its intense physical challenges. The final challenge is fondly named the “Yellow Brick Road” because when (and if) the students complete this difficult test, they receive an actual yellow brick. Of course, they first have to run 6.1 miles through a hilly, wooded trail, climb over walls, maneuver over and across a cargo net, scale rocks without a rope, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, and more.
Captain Zalewski says he is honored to have had the opportunity to attend the National Academy.
"The knowledge I gained and professional relationships I developed during my time away will definitely enhance my ability to serve the members of our police department and the community of Wauwatosa. That’s really what the National Academy is all about.”
Captain Zalewski becomes just the third member of the Wauwatosa Police Department to attend the FBI National Academy. Police Chief Barry M. Weber is a graduate of the 154th Session, and retired Lieutenant Dominic Leone graduated from the 189th Session.
Congratulations to Captain Zalewski on his achievements, for representing the City of Wauwatosa, and continuing to demonstrate excellence in law enforcement leadership.