Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52til 4:45 p.m. Participants also participated in phys- ical training throughout the week. “Lt. Pressley has been a valuable asset for this police department. His level of professionalism exceeds the norm,” Greer Police Chief Dan Reyn- olds said. “Lt. Pressley has acquired skills through this program that will further advance our community policing efforts.” Chief Dan Reynolds, Capt. Matt Hamby and Lt. Cris Varner also are National Academy graduates. Invitations to participate in the National Academy are determined by a competitive nominating process and are extended to leaders/managers of local police/ sheriff’s departments from all U.S. states, U.S. territories and more than 150 international partner nations. The process can take nearly a decade for some applicants. Pressley was accepted two years after applying. 41 2016 GPD Award Winners SUPERVISOR Randle Ballenger OFFICER Wes Keller ROOKIE Shandrell Holcombe CIVILIAN Meghan Weibel Lt. Eric Pressley graduated Sept. 16 from the 265th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Va. The prestigious National Academy was created in response to a study that illustrated the need for stan- dardization and professionalization in law enforcement departments throughout the United States. The current academy, a 10-week program held four times annual- ly, offers a comprehensive course of study that includes such subjects as law, behavioral science, forensic sci- ence, the terrorist mindset, communication, health and fitness, and leadership development. “Each student is allowed to choose the courses that best fit their individual needs. I took classes ranging from employment law and legal issues for police opera- tions to leading at-risk employees,” Pressley said. “The instructors were terrific and knew the material inside and out. Obviously, I feel what I learned in the courses themselves will be very helpful in dealing with legal and liability issues to leading individual officers. It goes without saying that liability attaches to everything we do in law enforcement. I know that I am better pre- pared having completed this process.” Class sessions were held daily from 7:30 a.m. un- Pressley completes prestigious FBI National Academy The Greer Police Department’s two K-9 officers, Boss and Stryker, received protective vests in March thanks to a donation from the non- profit organization Vested Interest in K9s. The vests are designed to guard against bullet and stab wounds. and were sponsored by Yan and Karon Ratke of Spartanburg, who hosted on online fundraiser that attracted dona- tions from others. “We appreciate everyone that donated money for the vests,” Lt. Jim- my Holcombe said. “Our K9s are part of our police family, and keeping them as safe as possi- ble is very important to us.” Each vest has a value of between $1,795 and $2,234 and weighs four to five pounds. They have a five-year warranty. K-9 officers get vests