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Wardlow graduates from FBI Academy

Collierville's Lieutenant Ben Wardlow Graduates From FBI Intensive Training-1 (1)web

Another member of the Collierville Police Department graduated from the FBI National Academy on June 12. Lt. Ben Wardlow participated in the 260th session of the ten-week program in Quantico, Va.

He was one of 220 law enforcement professionals from around the world to take part in the program.

Wardlow took classes focused on further developing the leadership skills he has acquired from his 18 years with the Collierville Police Department. Behavioral science, media relations and government response to criminal organizations were a few of the subjects covered in classes that keep police officers up to date in dealing with those who threaten our safety.

“The classes were very interactive, and forced me out of my comfort zone, which is the way I prefer to learn,” said Wardlow.

Wardlow currently works in the Criminal Investigations Division.
“We are very proud of Lt. Wardlow, as he certainly demonstrates the leadership and character qualities that make an outstanding candidate and ultimately a graduate of the FBI National Academy,” said Asst. Police Chief Jeff Alben.

Currently, the Collierville Police Department has eight FBINA graduates on duty serving the community.

The FBI National Academy was started in 1935 and there are four sessions a year in which 250 invited law enforcement professionals participate to hone their skills for work and life.

Many attendees remain friends and colleagues for years after their FBINA experience.

Wardlow said that the experience was definitely the highlight of his career. His classmates all had impressive credentials, but together they created an atmosphere that allowed everyone to learn from each other, as well as from their instructors.

The intensive nature of the program allowed each participant to focus on how to do his or her job better.

His bottom line takeaway is that “there are no ordinary moments.”

“I have always known that my time with the town has been great, and that I have been given many things from a place that owes me nothing. I just see it in color now,” Wardlow said.

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