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October 19, 2012

Stillwater Police Department captain goes through FBI training

STILLWATER, Okla. — After 10 weeks of grueling academic and physical training, Stillwater Police Capt. Bruce McDougal graduated from the FBI National Academy program in Quantico, Va.

McDougal’s September class included 263 law enforcement men and women from 49 states, 24 countries and four federal civilian organizations.

The graduates were trained in advanced investigative, management and fitness training.

Students gained a variety of skills such as legal expertise, statement analysis, and verbal/nonverbal behavior. McDougal, a 30-year veteran of the Stillwater Police Department, said statement analysis and behavioral training is designed to help officers spot deception during questions.

The program also emphasized being in shape. Students started out running 1.5 miles and ended with a 6.5-mile obstacle and cross country course known as the legendary “Yellow Brick Road.” Those who complete it are given an actual yellow brick to signify their achievement.

“It was a really good experience,” McDougal said.

He was promoted to captain in June 2011. Stillwater Police Department upper-level officers are encouraged to attend the program. McDougal said it was a great opportunity to meet people from law enforcement agencies from around the U.S. and the world and share ideas. He said despite the different sizes and locations of departments they found they all dealt with many of the same problems.

“It made the world a little bit smaller,” McDougal said.

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