Wolfeboro police lieutenant going all the way to the FBIBy LARISSA MULKERN
Special to the Union Leader September 25. 2012 11:04PM
Rondeau, 49, of Alton, is a graduate of Norwich University and also serves as a colonel in the Army Reserve. He has been with the Wolfeboro Police Department for 16 years, after graduating from the 110th New Hampshire Police Academy.
According to the FBI web site, only one-half of one percent of all law enforcement personnel in the world are invited to the 10-week, graduate level program that runs from January to March 2013. In an interview Tuesday, Rondeau said he first applied to the academy two years ago. He underwent a stringent application process and interview - and it didn't hurt his chances that he was familiar with both Secret Service and FBI field officers in New Hampshire, with whom he worked with on past cases and during visits from national and foreign dignitaries.
According to the FBI web site on the program, the FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.
Leaders and managers of state and local police, sheriffs' departments, military police organizations, and federal law enforcement agencies attend the National Academy. Participation is by invitation only, though a nomination process. Participants are drawn from every state, from U.S. territories, and from more than 150 international partner nations.
'First, you have to be the right rank - a lieutenant or above. The second step is to fill out an application and submit it to the FBI. It's a very complex and competitive process,' said Rondeau. After a thorough screening, Rondeau made it onto 'the list' of candidates and his application was further reviewed by FBI members in New Hampshire. Then he was interviewed in the Boston field office.
'Over the course of five to seven years, I've worked closely with the agents in the field offices, and have done well in some investigations. I was able to get some notoriety, so my name was known - in a good way. That really helped me through the selection process,' said Rondeau.
The 10-week course of study at the Quantico campus will include classes in forensic and behavioral science, financial forecasting and budgeting for department applications, administration, management and ethics. There is alto a physical training component, and Rondeau is in training for that training.
'I've been ramping up my physical training, running more, working out more than I usually do. I'm 49. I'll be 50 in March - I'm not getting any younger,' he laughed.
Rondeau said the academy experience would prepare him for the next phase of his police career and enhance his management and budgeting skills.
'I don't think it will hurt. It's one of those things that will certainly help you in your career. It's a feather in your cap,' Rondeau said.
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Larissa Mulkern may be reached at LMulkern@newstote.com.