Aviation Authority Police Captain Chris Helms is now a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, a 10-week professional course of study designed for law enforcement leaders from around the U.S. and the world.
Located in Quantico, Va., where the FBI trains its new agents, Helms and 227 other students from 47 states, 24 countries, seven federal agencies, and every branch of the military graduated in June.
“Only one percent of all law enforcement officers are invited to attend this prestigious 10-week academy,” said Doug Isley, Director of Public Safety for the Charleston County Aviation Authority. “It’s a great honor to have one of our own selected the FBI National Academy.”
Helms joined the Aviation Authority Police Department in February 2014 as a Patrol Officer. He was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 2015 and to Captain, second in command under the Director of Public Safety, in January 2017. His career in law enforcement began in 1996 with the Mount Pleasant Police Department. While there, Helms held numerous positions from patrol officer to Sergeant, and held leadership positions in Training, SWAT, and internal affairs.
While earning college credit at the National Academy, Helms was instructed by current and retired FBI special agents with years of diverse experience, enhancing classroom discussions with real life scenarios and examples relevant to law enforcement supervisors. Some of the course topics include leadership, forensics, stress management, counter terrorism, crisis negotiations, cyber-crime, and legal issues for law enforcement executives.
“I am honored to have attended the FBI National Academy. I was able to extensively study and learn about these topics without the distractions of work and everyday life. This allowed for a deeper understanding of these subjects as we studied individually and in groups,” Helms said. ”Getting to know the other students during the 10-week course was a highlight of my academy experience. I found learning how international students enforce the laws of their respective countries was both interesting and educational."