Haverhill Benefits From FBI Training; Capt. Brings Back Ideas, Techniques

Capt. Robert P. Pistone, center, receives congratulations from Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro and Deputy Chief Anthony L. Haugh upon graduation from the FBI National Academy Program. (Courtesy photograph.)

Haverhill will benefit from the latest crime-solving techniques, advanced communications, leadership training and worldwide contacts as a result of a 10-week FBI training program.

Police Capt. Robert P. Pistone was one of 232 law enforcement officers who graduated earlier this month from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va. The 272nd session of the academy consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Columbia, 25 international countries, five military organizations and seven federal civilian organizations.

“Working with professionals from literally around the world, we all quickly discovered we face many of the same issues—some on a larger or smaller scale,” Pistone told WHAV. “It was a great opportunity to study the most modern crime-solving techniques, and learn how to best serve our community and help our employees to grow and succeed.”

Pistone explained that since his classmates and graduates from previous classes represent law enforcement agencies from across the country and throughout the world, he now has colleagues he may contact virtually anywhere for assistance and collaboration on investigations and community issues.

Training was conducted by the FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees—many of whom, according to the agency, are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. A side benefit of the training, which involved classroom time and a physical fitness component, was the ability to share ideas and best practices, Pistone added.

According to the FBI, participating officers have, on average, 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

FBI Director Christopher Asher Wray was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony June 8, which was also attended by Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro and Deputy Chief Anthony L. Haugh.

There was no cost to the city for the training. Pistone said the FBI pays for the training, including room and board which is provided at the FBI Academy.

Pistone, who was promoted to captain last Sunday and currently serves as commander of the Detective Division, was approached about the training opportunity three years ago. He was selected by the Boston FBI field office. It was a special honor since only one percent of law enforcement officers are ever chosen to attend the national academy.

“It was the best training and professional experience of my career, and a privilege to attend. Going forward I hope to use the many skills and knowledge I acquired to assist the men and women I work with to improve the quality of life for all of Haverhill’s citizens” the captain said.