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'A huge honor': Police sergeant becomes fifth Dickinson officer to graduate from FBI National Academy

Dickinson Police Chief Dustin Dassinger poses for a photo with DPD Sgt. Kylan Klauzer earlier this month. Klauzer graduated from the FBI National Academy on Dec. 15. (Submitted photo)

Dickinson Police Detective Sgt. Kylan Klauzer did something earlier this month that only four other Dickinson officers before him had done: graduate from the FBI's National Academy program.

Klauzer completed the 270th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy Program in Quantico, Va., on Dec. 15. Klauzer was one of more than 200 law enforcement officers worldwide who graduated from the 11 week session, which consisted of men and women from 49 states, and individuals from the District of Columbia, 20 countries, three military organizations and four federal civilian organizations.

Klauzer said he is "extremely appreciative" to Chief Dustin Dassinger and the Dickinson Police Department for allowing him to attend the academy and experience its "rich history."

"It's probably the best thing that I've ever done professionally and I'm extremely proud to go out there and represent the employees at the Dickinson Police Department," Klauzer said.

He joins four others in the history of the Dickinson Police Department who have have been chosen for and attended the National Academy since 1935.

"It's a huge honor," Klauzer said. "For Chief Dassinger and (the department) to allow me to do such a thing is extremely humbling in a lot of ways."

Internationally known for its academics, the National Academy Program offers 11 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training for selected officers who have proven records as professionals within their agencies. Instructional staff, special agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise, also talk with the officers who are at the academy.

"The variety of personalities there and experiences is probably something you can't get anywhere else in our profession," Klauzer said. "I'm not familiar with any other thing offered in our profession that brings together so many different officers at so many different levels for that length of time."

On average, from application to graduation, acceptance and attendance of the National Academy is typically a three-year process, Dickinson police Capt. Joe Cianni said Wednesday.

Cianni graduated from the 233rd session of the academy and said he had a similar experience as Klauzer in terms of academics.

"I tried to choose what would suit my needs and what would best benefit the department at the time," Cianni said.

The training comes at no cost to the department or the city, Cianni said. The department continues to pay wages to the officer, but additional costs such as flight, room and board and others are provided by the academy.

Cianni said it is a goal of the department for future leaders to receive this type of training. The department also uses the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety for training.

"It's a commitment," Cianni said. "Officers may want to go to this training and they may want to make the commitment to do it, but it takes a lot for the officer and their family life as well. They're gone for a full three months and they don't get to fly back and be with their family. They're pretty much secluded at the national academy in Quantico at the military base for the entirety of the training."

President Donald Trump attended nationally televised commencement and addressed the graduates. It was the first time in 46 years that a sitting president spoke at the academy graduation, Klauzer said. He said it was the first time the president, the attorney general and the FBI director were all in the same room at the academy.

"In that sense, it was extra special for me to be a part of that and to be able to be up close with the president, it's an honor," he said.

In a statement, the Police Department said it was glad to be able to send Klauzer to the academy and said that he represented his department very well.

"The Dickinson Police Department is extremely proud of its executive preparedness training it has been able to offer up-and-coming command staff," the department said.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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