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The FBI Academy, located in Quantico, Virginiamarker, is the training grounds for new Special Agents of the United Statesmarker Federal Bureau of Investigationmarker. It was first opened for use in 1972 on 385 acres (1.6 kmĀ²) of woodland. It is a relatively small government academy, housing three dormitory buildings and associated facilities. Federal law enforcement officers from the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration undergo training courses here. FBI agents currently have a 20-week long training course.


The main training complex has three dormitory buildings, a dining hall, library, a classroom building, a Forensic Science Research and Training Center, a 1,000-seat auditorium, a chapel, administrative offices, a large gymnasium and outside track, along with a fully equipped garage. In addition to the main complex, there is a mock city known as Hogan's Alley, which consists of facades replicating a small town. The Hogan's Alley facades are primarily used for FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration New Agent Training, while behind the facades are fully functioning classrooms, audio-visual facilities, storage areas, and administrative and maintenance offices. Just beyond Hogan's Alley is a 1.1 mile pursuit/defensive driving training track. The extensive firearms training provided to all FBI/DEA and other law enforcement officers is conducted at the indoor firing range, the eight outdoor firing ranges, four skeet ranges, or the 200-yard rifle range. The FBI Academy is a secured facility and, as such, is not open to the public for tours.


The units that reside here are the Field and Police Training Unit, Firearms Training Unit, Forensic Science Research and Training Center, Technology Services Unit (TSU), Investigative Training Unit, Law Enforcement Communication Unit, Leadership and Management Science Unit's (LSMU), Physical Training Unit, New Agents' Training Unit (NATU), Practical Applications Unit (PAU), and the Investigative Computer Training Unit (ICTU). Most of these are training units for developing new field agents, but they are also used to help get other agents up to date on new techniques through in-service training.

Technology Services Unit (TSU)

The Technology Services Unit is a part of the FBI Training Division as well as being the host to a number of technological services which aid in the instruction of new agents. Such services include the following: Audio/Visual services, Engineering Technology Services, The FBI Training Network (FBITN), Graphic Services, Information Technology Services (ITS), Photography Services, and Video Services.

The Forensic Science Research and Training Center

The Forensic Science Research and Training Center is one of the most interesting facets of the Quantico Campus. Not only is it a world class forensic laboratory, but it is also a world class researcher of forensic studies in the areas of biochemistry, genetics, chemistry, and physics.

The FBI National Academy

The FBI National Academy is an independent program for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. The program focuses on leadership and the administration of justice in state and local law enforcement. The National Academy conducts four ten week sessions each year for groups of American and international law enforcement executives.

In popular culture

The FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia is a main location in Thomas Harris' bestseller The Silence Of The Lambs, and its film adaptation. Quantico also serves as homebase of the Behavioral Analysis Unit in the CBS Series, Criminal Minds. It is mentioned in the television series The X-Files as the characters are FBI agents. It is featured in the CBS show NCIS. It was also mentioned frequently in American Psycho 2 throughout the film.

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