On the day Cheyenne Police Captain David Janes was born, his father, retired Torrington Police Chief Billy Janes, was in Quantico, Virginia attending the 125th session of the FBI National Academy.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, David followed in his father's footsteps, graduating as a member of the 283rd session, a rare accomplishment given the fact that less than 1% of the country's law enforcement officers have the opportunity to attend the 10-week program, which offers advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training.

David's class consisted of 235 officers from 21 countries, five military organizations, and five federal and civilian agencies, with David being the only one from Wyoming.

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"The Cheyenne Police Department is very proud of the drive and dedication that Captain Janes has shown, not only while attending the National Academy, but in his preparation for the academic and physical challenges that he would face while attending,” said Chief Mark Francisco.

"We extend our most sincere congratulations on a job well done," Francisco added.

David, who's been with the Cheyenne Police Department for 18 years, says the impact the National Academy had on his father’s leadership journey -- his father served as chief for 30 years before retiring in early 2015 -- inspired him to participate as well.

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