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In one word, Captain Chris Stutes can sum up why he’s a 23-year veteran of the Xenia Police Division: commitment.
Captain Stutes is committed to furthering his training in order to gain more knowledge that will enhance his daily duties at the Justice Center. Stutes joined the Xenia Police Division in 1996 and spent 12 years on patrol, eight as a Sergeant and for the past three years, has been a Captain.
In less than a month he will pack his bags for 11 weeks of FBI training at Quantico in Virginia. Captain Stutes will be one of up to 250 students from across the U.S. and the world in training, which focuses on academics, fitness and networking. Quantico is the headquarters of the Marine Corps, FBI Academy, Naval Criminal Investigative Services and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
A handful of other Xenia police officers have attended FBI training in the past and Captain Stutes is looking forward to the challenge.
The courses Captain Stutes will be taking range from fitness, organization and management, to contemporary issues facing law enforcement. In addition to enhancing Stutes’ knowledge as a member of the Xenia Police Division, the courses will also help him as he works to earn his Master’s degree. Some of the course credit can be transferred to the university Stutes is attending.
As part of the training Captain Stutes will have to pass the ‘Yellow Brick Road,’ a 6.1-mile run through a wooded, hilly course that was designed by the Marines. He’ll have to climb over walls, run through creeks, and crawl under barbed wire and scale rock faces. After completing the obstacle course, students receive their own yellow brick to commemorate the achievement.
Captain Stutes’ course begins in October and will not be completed until late December.