Durant police captain graduates from FBI National Academy Program

By: From Press Release Email
By: From Press Release Email

DURANT, Okla. ― Captain Ben Veenstra of the Durant Police Department graduated on December 12, 2008, from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia.

Veenstra joined 256 other graduating law enforcement officers. The 235th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and woman from all fifty states. Included in the class were members of law enforcement agencies from local, county and state agencies, the District of Columbia, 26 international countries, four military organizations, and four federal organizations.

FBI Director Robert Mueller was the principal speaker at the ceremony.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy, offers 11 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for select officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.

On average, these officers have 19 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies in executive-level positions.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia due to the accreditation by the university of the many courses offered.

Captain Veenstra joins Chief Durward Cook, a graduate of Session 188, Deputy Chief Greg Pollock, a graduate Session 213, and Captain David Houser, a graduate of the Session 223 as the only active members of the Department to have completed the National Academy Program. Retired Captain Charlie Stiefer graduated from Session 173.

Upon his return from the academy, Captain Veenstra will assume command of the Durant Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

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  • by RLD Location: LA on Apr 28, 2010 at 03:02 PM
    HAHAHAHA hi Ben thats my brother a good guy, hard worker with a good heart. RLD
  • by P.S. on Nov 2, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    Just read the comments. His photo isn't about looking "mean." My ex was in the military. Certain positions require you do not smile. It is a serious photograph. It has to do with the program he went through and how they expect him to look according to their standards.
  • by JANE DOE Location: WHO TALKED TO YOU TODAY on Nov 2, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    Old post, who cares? I hope to god you're worth your salt. I placed my confidence about some bad things on you today. Don't disappoint me. I googled you, and, well, here you are. I just wanted to see who you are. At least you have the nerve to let people see your picture. One point added in your favor. We'll see...
  • by Angelina Location: Michigan on Jun 6, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    I'm very excited to know that you're still climbing high in your field. Good luck and Congrats. Love Always
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2009 at 08:04 PM
    Captain Veenstra is a good man. I attended the National Academy with him and can attest for Ben's professionalism. We shared a memorable experience at Quantico, VA and we're both better for it, as are all of the FBI NA graduates. Mike Moore (Memphis, TN area)
  • by here Location: there and everywhere on Jan 6, 2009 at 02:20 PM
    he looks mean
  • by Linda Location: durant on Jan 5, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    Congrats.... we had the oppurtunity to work with Capt Veenstra right before he left for the academy....He is an awesome person and we wish him the best, glad to know he is back in Durant.
  • by Resident Location: Durant on Jan 5, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    Congratulations!!! Good job, good luck in your new position!
  • by Red Location: Sherman on Jan 5, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    He looks like he is a good cop. He might bust a thugs head open if the thug needs it.
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