NVPD Chief Messer accepted by FBI National Academy

Chief Messer

When Chief Keith Messer applied to the FBI National Academy, he never dreamed he would be only one of three to be selected from the state.

Messer, who has been with the NVPD for 20 years, applied in 2018. Application requires a sponsor and Messer was sponsored by former NVPD Chief, James Webster. In order to qualify, Messer had to complete a physical exam, run a mile in less than 10 minutes and perform well during the interview. He received his acceptance in January.

Messer begins training on April 1. The training lasts 10 weeks and he will graduate on June 8. He will return to his duties as Chief of the NVPD after graduation.

“The FBI National Academy is different from the FBI Academy,” said Messer. “The National program is for active U.S. law enforcement and international law enforcement personnel who seek to enhance their credentials in their field and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and also cooperation worldwide.”

The FBI National Academy is held four times a year, when up to 250 candidates go through the 10 week course.

“The FBI National Academy has been a career goal of mine, a pinnacle so few have achieved,” said Messer. “It is an honor to be accepted into the program.”