Oceanport Chief Graduates from FBI National Academy

first_imgOne of those matters most likely concerns a Dec. 17 incident at the racetrack, in which local authorities responded to a series of gunshots fired near the main gate around 1:30 p.m. No one was injured during the shooting and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is still investigating. Sincethe 1930s, the FBI National Academy has aimed to improve the administration ofjustice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise lawenforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. Butan economic boom at both sites has led to some “pressing matters” that need tobe discussed, according to Oceanport Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly. Betweenonline and retail sports wagering platforms, the Monmouth Park Sports Book byWilliam Hill has earned approximately $23 million in revenue since opening itsdoors in June 2018. OCEANPORT – Four years ago, the future of Fort Monmouth and the viability of the Monmouth Park Racetrack were questionable. “Iwas down there for about three months, so there’s some things I need to catchup on here and bring back and implement some of the things I learned downthere, in terms of best practices,” Kelly said. “It’s all for the betterment ofthe people in our community. Withmore money circulating at the track’s Monmouth Park Sports Book and more FortMonmouth housing under construction bringing more people to Oceanport, some areconcerned that changes need to be made to public safety. Kellywas a member of the 278th graduating class, which included a select group ofexecutive law enforcement officers from around the globe. The chief said hisclass was composed of representatives from all 50 states, with 37 internationalparticipants. “It’sbasically like going back to college,” Mayor Jay Coffey said. “Chief Kellypretty much earned his master’s in law enforcement and our entire communitywill be better for it because we do have some unique challenges here, such asMonmouth Park, Fort Monmouth and events like the New Jersey Marathon eachspring.” “There’s a lot of changes happening. We’re growing as a town and the police department needs to grow and change with it,” Kelly said. These new challenges prompted Kelly to enroll in the FBI National Academy at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The 10-week program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication and forensic science. This story originally appeared in the Jan. 16, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Leadersand managers of state, local, county, tribal, military, federal andinternational law enforcement agencies attend the academy. However,participation is by invitation only, by way of a nomination process. Followinggraduation, officers like Kelly are able to join the FBI National AcademyAssociates, Inc., an organization of more than 16,000 law enforcementprofessionals that works to increase standards of competency, cooperation andintegrity. Similarly,since 2016, the opening of 720 new residential units and further retaildevelopment at Fort Monmouth is in full swing, with nearly all of Oceanport’sdevelopable fort land accounted for, according Coffey. That developmentincludes the approval of a New Jersey City University satellite campus on a27-acre parcel formerly known as Squier Hall. Oceanport Police Chief Michael P. Kelly, right, was congratulated by FBI Director Christopher Wray during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony Dec. 20, 2019. Photo courtesy M. Kelly “Theysay only 1 percent of law enforcement gets selected to the program and it’sthat networking opportunity that’s the biggest thing for our department and ourcommunity,” Kelly said. “I now have friends and contacts across the country andin 37 different countries that I can work with a draw knowledge from to contendwith different situations concerning our public safety.”last_img read more