Winthrop University officials said Tuesday the school’s Assistant Chief of Police Ken Scoggins has received an appointment to the FBI’s National Academy.
Scoggins will leave for the 10-week course in Quantico, Va., in September and will join an elite group of law enforcement officers from around the world who have had an opportunity to achieve this honor.
Participation in the program is by invitation only, and Scoggins will be the second in Winthrop’s Police Department to be invited to the academy. Chief of Police Frank Zebedis graduated from the academy in March 2001.
Appointees are leaders and managers of state and local police, sheriffs’ departments, military police organizations, and federal law enforcement agencies. Participants are drawn from every state in the union, from U.S. territories and from more than 150 international partner nations.
During his training, Scoggins will take college courses in the areas of law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism/terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication and health and fitness. He will participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, and will share ideas, techniques and experiences with others.
Scoggins said that the appointment was “one of the highest honors I’ve had in my law enforcement career. It’s a very prestigious milestone, and I’m grateful to be included among some of the very best law enforcement executives.”