Laconia Police Captain to attend FBI training academy

LACONIA – Police Capt. Matt Canfield will attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., for an 11-week training session this fall.

Police Commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to send him after learning the FBI pays for the training and partially reimburses the department for transportation expenses.

Canfield said the FBI offers intensive training for leadership science and development to management-level police throughout the county. He said his application was submitted a while ago and he was recently told he had been accepted for this upcoming class.

Canfield will join a select number of area police officers who have attended the academy including, retired Laconia Police Chiefs Mike Moyer and Bill Baker, Tilton Police Chief Bob Cormier, Gilford Police Chief Kevin Keenan and Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggin.

Wiggin, who attended a number of years ago, said FBI National Academy is like going to military boot camp plus earning a master's degree in criminal justice and leadership all in a few short weeks.

In other business, commissioners voted unanimously to promote Master Patrol Officer Robert Cameron to the rank of sergeant and to move Sgt. Thomas Swett to the detective bureau where he will be the ranking detective.

Capt. Bill Clary said the shift will be in the beginning of the year after two new officers are slated to graduate from the N.H. Police Standards and Training academy. He said there are five openings yet to be filled and five conditional offers have been made.