Stephenville Assistant Police Chief Jason Halsey recently graduated from the FBI National Academy after completing an 11-week program at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia.

“My first day at the academy was October 1 and I graduated on December 14,” Halsey said. “The hardest part was being away from my family for so long, but I was focused on getting through the academics and physical aspect of the training.” 

More than 250 officers took part in the courses that included instruction on law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership, communication and health/fitness. 

Qualifying for the program is a long and competitive process. Halsey first applied three years ago and was one of only six officers chosen from the Dallas division this year to participate in the program.

“I did it because I want to further my career. I would like to become a police chief someday and this is the best leadership training I can receive,” said Halsey, who is 41. “It’s a world-class program.”

The training ended with a fitness challenge called the “Yellow Brick Road,” a grueling 6.1-mile run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. 

Along the way, participants climbed over walls, ran through creeks, jumped through simulated windows, scaled rock faces with ropes, crawled under barbed wire in muddy water and maneuvered across a cargo net.

Participants who complete the test receive a yellow brick to memorialize their achievement. 

And yes, Halsey has one of those bricks.

Police Chief Jason King said Halsey is the first officer from Stephenville to complete the FBI training. 

“Assistant Chief Halsey has excellent leadership abilities and I am extremely proud of his abilities to complete the training, not only for himself but for the department as well,” King said.