The FBI National Academy (FBINA) was created in 1935 by then FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and has been in existence for over 80 years.  The FBINA continues to strive to expand training to future law enforcement leaders.  As of this year, the FBINA, which is located at FBI Headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, has graduated over 50,000 Law Enforcement Executives from the program and has members in all 50 States, U.S. territories, as well as 170 International Countries.  The FBI National Academy has been referred to as “The West Point of Law Enforcement” and “The Model for the True Spirit of Law Enforcement Academy Excellence”.  Through cooperation and partnership with approximately 4,500 Law Enforcement Departments in the U.S. alone, the FBINA Graduates, (represented by 17% Police Chiefs/Sheriffs and 83% Middle to Executive Level Police Management), are now making recommendations and decisions that affect the future of law enforcement in the U.S., and the world.  Attendance to the National Academy is by FBI invitation only and less than 1% of U.S. Law Enforcement Officers are afforded an opportunity to attend one of the semester-long training sessions.  The FBI curriculum is credited with the University of Virginia (UVA) and the FBI Academy is a satellite campus of UVA.

Chartered in 1950, the Louisiana Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates (LAFBINAA) has 285 current members who are Sheriffs, Police Chiefs and senior law enforcement leaders from throughout the State of Louisiana.  The mission of the Louisiana Chapter is to continue to provide current and relevant training to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Community.