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 June 19th, 2008  
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Dietrich graduates from FBI National Academy, Sheriff Mascara announces
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Dietrich, an 18-year veteran of the agency, has graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“Lt. Dietrich has had a distinguished career with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Mascara said. “He currently heads our School Resource Deputy program. He is an excellent Deputy Sheriff and leader, and I'm sure the FBI National Academy training will substantially benefit the people of St. Lucie County and this agency.”

Two hundred sixty-nine law enforcement officers graduated on June 6 from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va., and Lt. Dietrich was one of them.

The 233rd session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, 29 countries, four military organizations, and two federal civilian organizations.

A total of 41,698 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935. Of this number, 24,186 are still active in law enforcement work.

Lt. Dietrich said, “Ten weeks is a tremendous hardship away from family and the Sheriff's Office, but I would like to thank all those that allowed me to attend, by taking on my responsibilities on the job: Capt. David Thompson, Sgt Chris Cicio and Sgt. Jamie Wills along with all the School Resource Deputies, all of whom did an outstanding job this school year.

“I would also like to thank Sheriff Mascara, Chief Deputy Garry R. Wilson and Major Steve Reuther for sending me to the National Academy. It truly is a life changing experience.”

Internationally know for its academic excellence, the National Academy, offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience. The graduating officers were presented by the class spokesperson, James A. Woods, Captain of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, in North Charleston.

FBI Director Robert Mueller was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony.
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.

Lt. Dietrich’s family and Sheriff Ken Mascara were present for the graduation ceremonies held at the National Academy.

Sheriff’s Capt. David Thompson graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2007.

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