On June 10, 2016, Eureka Police Sergeant Patrick O'Neill graduated the 264th session of the FBI National Academy Program in Quantico, Virginia. The academy consisted of 213 men and women of law enforcement agencies from 47 states, the District of Columbia, international countries, military organizations, and federal civilian organizations.
According to a FBI press release, "The FBI National Academy offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records of professionals within their agencies. On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions."
Sgt. O'Neill is a 21 year veteran of the Eureka Police Department who has held a variety of assignments. Upon his return he will be assuming the duties of Detective Sergeant in charge of the Criminal Investigative Section, his second tour in this position. The Eureka Police Department is extremely proud of Sgt. O'Neill and his accomplishments and look forward to the insight he has gained during his time at the National Academy.