Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae has been accepted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's prestigious National Law Enforcement Academy.
Rae will take temporary leave from the police department from July 9 to Sept. 15 to participate in the 10-week academy. Rae will recieve training about topics such as law, behavioral science, forensic science, leadership development, communication and health and fitness.
Rae applied to the academy more than three years ago. Although he was offered a chance to attend the academy during the past summer, he declined to do so because the department was preparing to lose officer Rick Crotz.
"It just worked out better for our department for me to go this summer," he said.
Rae is one of about 250 people from the United States and 150 other nations who will attend the training session in Quantico, Va.
"(The academy) is the most prestigious law enforcement leadership and command school in the world," he said.
In addition to the application process, Rae had to be nominated for the academy before he could be offered a position. After he was selected, Rae was notified that the academy would cover the cost of the 10-week training. The city will continue to pay Rae's salary while he is gone and will fund his transportation costs to and from the academy.
Rae said he is looking forward to the experience for the education and the opportunity to bring his knowledge back to Steamboat Springs.
"It's not a resume builder for me, it's for me to learn and to better our department," he said.
In his absence, Rae said Det. Capt. Bob Del Valle most likely will take over the police department's daily tasks and Rae's job duties.
"Hopefully, no one will know I'm gone," Rae said.
Interim City Manager Wendy DuBord said she is excited Rae was selected for the program and that she looks forward to the skills he will bring back to the city.
"The city is proud to be sending someone whose reputation for professional integrity is unmatched and who has the confidence and respect of his fellow officers to this prestigious academy. This is an opportunity of a lifetime," she said.
Rae said his days will be structured and will include early morning physical activities and daylong classes and lectures.
"I'm excited," he said. "I think this will be a good opportunity."