McKinney Police Assistant Chief Joe Ellenburg was one of 213 law enforcement officers who recently graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.

The 264th session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 47 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 21 international countries, four military organizations and eight federal civilian organizations.

The National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for selected officers with proven records as professionals with their respective agencies.

On average, these officers have at least 19 years of law enforcement experience and typically return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

FBI Director James Comey was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents and other staff members with related advanced degrees. Many are internationally recognized in their fields of expertise, according to law enforcement officials

Since 1972, National Academy students have earned undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the courses offered.

This session’s graduating officers were represented by class spokesman Donald F. Tuten, II, chief with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida.

More than 49,230 graduates now make up the alumni of the FBI National Academy, which was created in 1935.