Fraser Valley’s top cop completes FBI training
December 28, 2007
Fraser/Winter Park Chief of Police Glen Trainor is back in Grand County after 11 weeks of training at the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Va.
The academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. Fewer than 2 percent of all law enforcement officers are invited to attend. Participants are drawn from every state and from more than 150 foreign nations.
“I’m very grateful to have been able to go to this,” Trainor said as he sat behind his desk at the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department. “It’s a tremendous opportunity, and it’s been my goal to go there for over 25 years.”
Trainor said a typical day started at 8 a.m. and ended at 5: 30 p.m. Classes were about leadership and ethics, communications, conflict resolution and investigative statement analysis ” one of Trainor’s favorites, he admitted. He learned how to analyze statements written by criminals, as well as different leadership theories, he said.
But Trainor also learned how grateful he is to be working in Winter Park and the Fraser Valley.
“Some officers from the bigger departments talked about the corruption in their departments. It made me appreciate the fact that people may complain about our local government, but by and large, people are ethical and try to do things above the board.”
Trainor shared a dorm room with four other officers, which was difficult to get used to, he added, smiling ” living arrangements weren’t exactly “Embassy Suites.”
But that was part of the experience, he pointed out ” getting to know other officers, communicating and networking. Trainor met officers from all over, including Hong Kong, Thailand and Mali. Some officers came from departments smaller than Trainor’s; others, such as New York’s, came from departments with roughly 38,000 officers.
The class of officers Trainor participated with consisted of 300 officers, and he was exposed to some of the top professors and senior FBI agents in the field, he said. But besides writing papers, Trainor also ran long and short distances, including a final 7.5 mile run, and learned about nutrition.
“I definitely feel more in shape. They really emphasized core body fitness, nutrition and working out,” Trainor said. “I had to un-learn a lot of bad habits.”
Trainor was able to do some sight-seeing while he was in Virginia. He visited Washington, D.C., and took a tour of the White House. He also visited Gettysburg, and various war memorials.
“I like being in places like that. It gives me tremendous appreciation for the sacrifices that our nation’s soldiers have made for our freedom,” he said.
Quantico itself is impressive, Trainor added. The site is one of the largest U.S. Marine Corps bases in the world. It holds not only the FBI National Academy, but also the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s training academy, and one of the top active CSI labs in the country. It also has the CSI training facilities and the FBI crime lab.
But the highlight of the trip, Trainor admitted, was when his friends and family flew in for his graduation. His wife, Robin, and two children Aaron, 16, and Jordan, 21, came to see Trainor accept his graduation certification. But to Trainor’s surprise, three co-workers ” Dave Mowery, Amy Zacek-Smith and Carol Unruh ” showed up as well.
“That was a surprise ” having those guys come out,” Trainor admitted. “You don’t realize how much you appreciate someone until you’re away from them for that amount of time.”
Trainor said he hopes the academy will help him be a better law enforcement leader in the community, and he believes the leadership techniques and theories, as well as the conflict resolution techniques, will be a big help in his job with the Fraser/Winter Park Police department.
The experience at the academy was “tremendous,” he added, but after 11 weeks of East Coast living, he’s happy to be home.
“I really missed being here” there’s so many people out there on the East Coast. I missed the slow lifestyle of Grand County. And by and large, people just aren’t as friendly out there as they are here.”