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GPTC director McCann graduates from FBI Academy

COVINGTON -- Georgia Piedmont Technical College has announced that Law Enforcement Academy Director Maj. Harry C. McCann Jr. recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program, making him the first law enforcement academy director in the state to earn that distinction.

McCann, a native of Covington, was among 268 law enforcement officers who participated in the 252nd session of the National Academy Program, which is internationally known for its academic excellence.

The program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training to U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. Participants take undergraduate and/or graduate college courses in law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication, and health/fitness.

Participation in the program is by invitation only through a nomination process. McCann, a 20 year veteran in law enforcement, was recommended by Beverly Thomas, chair of Georgia Piedmont Tech's Health, Public Safety and Security Division.

McCann, who also earned a master's degree in public administrative from Columbus State University in Columbus in December, joined GPTC in 2008. Prior to working at GPTC, McCann was an officer with the city of Conyers Police Department, where he launched his professional career.

FBI National Academy training is provided at the U.S. Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., by the FBI Academy staff, special agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees. Many are recognized internationally in their fields. Less than 1 percent of the country's law enforcement officers are graduates of the academy --of which McCann, a Newton County resident, says he's proud to be a part.

The 252nd session included men and women from 49 states, 27 international countries, four military organizations, and five federal civilian organizations. A total of 46,610 graduates now represent the FBI National Academy since it began in July 1935 and more than half of those are still active in law enforcement work.