Local Law Enforcement Officer Graduates from FBI National Academy

On Sept. 13Seymour Mayor Matt Nicholson announced that Seymour Police Chief Greg O’Brien has graduated as a member of the 283rd session of the FBI National Academy. The graduation took place at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on Sept. 13, 2022.

Greg O'Brien FBI GraduateChief O’Brien is the first officer in department history to complete this prestigious program. Nationally, fewer than one percent of officers have the opportunity to attend the program.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

The 283rd session consisted of 235 law enforcement officers from 49 states and the District of Columbia. Three graduates of the 283rd session were from Indiana. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from 21 countries, five military organizations, and five federal and civilian agencies.

“It’s a great accomplishment for Greg, for Seymour Police Department and for the entire city of Seymour,” Nicholson said. “I’m proud of the hard work and dedication Greg has shown in this commitment. I look forward to seeing what skills he has learned to benefit SPD and our community.”

Chief O’Brien has served with Seymour Police Department for 26 years. In June 2022, he was promoted from assistant chief to chief of police. In his career with SPD, O’Brien has held many titles and positions, including Jackson County’s first school resource officer.

Originally from Lawrenceburg, he was hired in February 1996 after graduating from Vincennes University. He spent 15 years as a detective with SPD before becoming assistant chief.

He is involved with community activities including Sertoma Club of Jackson County and its annual Christmas Miracle project and the Fraternal Order of Police Donald M. Winn Lodge 108’s Cops and Kids program. He is married to Christine O’Brien and they celebrated 25 years together this year. They have two children, Caleb and Allison. 

About the FBI National Academy

FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training; many instructors are recognized internationally in their fields. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered. A total of 53,671 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.



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