Medina PD lieutenant graduates from National Academy hosted by FBI

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 March 2022 at 7:27 am

Photos courtesy of Lt. Todd Draper: FBI Director Christopher Wray congratulated Todd Draper of Medina for completing a 10-week management/leadership program. Draper graduated from the FBI’s National Academy on March 17. Todd Draper is shown with his yellow brick after completing the fitness challenge, a grueling 6.1-mile run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net, and face other challenges.

MEDINA – Todd Draper, a member of the Medina Police Department the past 18 years, graduated from a 10-week management and leadership program hosted by the FBI.

Draper, a lieutenant with the Medina PD, was among 258 law enforcement officers from 32 countries who graduated on March 17. They learned advanced communication, leadership and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend.

Draper completed six classes at the National Academy: Critical Incident Management, Essentials of Leadership, Physical Training/Wellness Breaking Barriers and Building Communities, and An Overview of Forensic Science for Law Enforcement Managers.

“I think all of these classes will help me improve as a leader, but I went into each of these classes with the approach of what can I bring back to our agency,” Draper said. “I hope to implement small improvements over time.”

The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities.

The 10-week program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science.

The academy serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide.

FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks at the graduation ceremony.