About FBINAA Alabama Chapter
The Alabama Chapter of the FBI National Academy is a premier association that promotes continued educational and networking opportunities for law enforcement command officers. The FBI’s National Academy program provides police supervisors a comprehensive instruction that has a long history of service to law enforcement officers in the United States and from around the world.
Located at the FBI Academy in Quantico Virginia, the National Academy provides an experience to law enforcement officers that cannot be obtained anywhere else on the globe. The National Academy program is filed with a strong history that has extended for decades. “During December of 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt convened in Washington D.C., a National Crime Conference. Throughout the 1930’s, criminal gangs roamed the countryside robbing and killing with impunity.”
Figures like John Dillinger and “Ma” Barker loomed like black clouds over the country and at that time local law enforcement could not dispel them. The National Crime Conference raised the issue of police professionalism and specifically targeted small police departments for increased training in order to meet the threat posed by the gangs of the time.”
Mr. J. Edgar Hoover created the National Academy in response to the President’s conference. Director Hoover said in 1934. “The school’s principle objective is to raise the level of police professionalism nationwide by training local police officers”.
In July of 1935, just seven months after the President’s conference, the FBI’s National Academy program started when “Special Agent Hugh Clegg greeted a class of eager police officers for the 1st Session of what was then called, the FBI National Police Training School.” The National Academy classes were held in the Department of Justice building in Washington D.C.
“Mr. Hoover promised Americans that the FBI National Academy would be responsive to its changing needs and would raise the profession of law enforcement by training police officers who, in turn, could train members of their own departments.” For over eight decades the FBI has remained committed to the objective to assist law enforcement through the National Academy program.
From 1935 to 1972, during the first 37 years of the National Academy, there were:
- 14,000 graduates
- 89 National Academy Sessions
- 14 U.S. Attorney Generals
- Six presidents (Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon)
- Three wars, (WWII, Korean, and Vietnam) and
- One director of the FBI, Mr. Hoover.
On May 2, 1972, Mr. Hoover passed away. He never saw the National Academy students walk the halls of the current FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The 90th Session of the National Academy would be the first to attend Quantico just a month after the Director’s death.
Four times a year over 250 law enforcement officers from around the world, including 8 to 10 from Alabama are joined together in the halls of the FBI Academy at Quantico. The National Academy continues to be the flagship of professional law enforcement education and career development as it has since 1935.
The 10-weeks of training covers five core areas: Constitutional Law, Behavioral Sciences, Administration, Criminal Investigation, and Physical Fitness. Primarily, FBI Agents holding advanced degrees teach the classes in the NA program. Furthermore, the classes are accredited with the University of Virginia. Today, there are more than 40,000 National Academy graduates from around the world.
When you graduate from the National Academy, your association with the NA doesn’t end. Each state has its own Association to continue the training and networking that started in Quantico. In the history of the NA, Alabama has sent over 500 officers from over 400 different law enforcement agencies. National Academy graduates are in every part of the great state of Alabama.
The purpose of the Alabama NA Chapter is continue to provide the highest level training possible to it’s members throughout Alabama. It is exemplary training and the extensive networking which continues after graduation that brings credit to the profession of law enforcement and to the National Academy.
Since its creation, the Alabama Chapter has continued to support law enforcement executives around the state with the challenge to provide the best in public service and protection. The National Academy tradition of Knowledge * Courage * Integrity continues today in the members of the Alabama Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates .
Executive Board Member Bios
Alabama Chapter Members
Al started his career with the Trussville Police Department in 1979. He transferred to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 1981, where he is still employed. He currently commands the Internal Affairs Division. He attended Session 236.
Anthony Lowery is an Assistant Chief Deputy for the Baldwin County (Alabama) Sheriff’s Office. Major Lowery is the Law Enforcement Commander for the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is an agency with approximately 125 sworn deputy sheriffs and 325 total personnel.
Major Lowery grew up in Baldwin County, Alabama before attending and graduating from Auburn University in 1996. Major Lowery is a graduate of the Southwest Alabama Police Academy. Major Lowery has served as an investigator and the chief investigator for former Baldwin County District Attorney, David Whetstone. Major Lowery joined the Baldwin County Sheriff’s office in 2007 as the head of civil affairs for current Baldwin County Sheriff, Huey Hoss Mack. Major Lowery was promoted to Assistant Chief Deputy in January of 2013.
Major Lowery is married to the former Tonja Givens, of Robertsdale, and they have 2 children. Major Lowery lives on the Alabama Gulf Coast where he is an avid outdoorsman. Major Lowery is a member of the Robertsdale United Methodist Church and the immediate past-president of the Central Baldwin Sunset Rotary Club where he was a charter member.
Major Lowery attended and graduated the 252nd Session of the FBI National Academy. Major Lowery considers his time attending the NA as one of his highest career achievements and certainly the most enjoyable. In July of 2015 Major Lowery was elected as Southern Vice President of the Alabama Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates.
Captain Jay Fondren joined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in January, 2008, as a Deputy Sheriff. He served as a patrol deputy and later a criminal investigator prior to being appointed Division Commander of the Corrections Division in August, 2011.
His law enforcement career began in 1996 with the Leeds Police Department where he served in numerous roles including field training officer, detective, and crime scene investigator before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 2004, he graduated from the 218th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In 2006, he joined the Pelham Police Department and served in the patrol division until 2007, when he was hired as the Director of Gameday Operations for University of Alabama football and men’s basketball events by the Bruno Event Team, a sports marketing and operations business in Birmingham, Alabama,.
Captain Fondren graduated from Curry High School in 1989 and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. After serving in the active duty Air Force, he served in the Mississippi Air National Guard and the Alabama Air National Guard.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1996 and his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University in the spring of 2012. Captain Fondren earned his Certified Jail Manager’s certificate in 2014. He currently serves in other law enforcement related leadership roles with the Shelby County DAY Program and the Alabama Chapter of the FBINAA.
Tim began his law enforcement career in 1983 when he became an officer with the Decatur, AL Police Department working in the Patrol Division. He joined the Madison, AL Police Department in February of 1989. During his time with Madison, Tim was assigned to the Patrol Division for one year before transferring to the Traffic Division where he served as a motor officer. In January of 1997 he was transferred to the Investigation Division. He was promoted to Detective Sergeant in October of 1997. In March of 2003 he was assigned the duties of Acting Investigation Division Commander receiving the permanent title when he was promoted to Lieutenant in March of 2004. Tim retired from Madison in 2010 after 27 years of Public Service. Tim is currently a Vice President at Regions Bank where he serves as the North Alabama Area Security Manager.
Tim has an Associate of Science Degree in Police Science from Calhoun Community College, Bachelor of Science Degrees in Justice Studies and Public Safety Administration (cum laude) from Athens State University, and Master of Science Degrees in Justice and Public Safety and Public Administration (summa cum laude) from Auburn University Montgomery. He is also a member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. From 2002 to 2010, Tim was an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences for Faulkner University, Calhoun Community College and Athens State University.
Tim has been a Crisis Response Team Negotiator, Certified Total Quality Management Instructor, Member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for the Northern District of Alabama, and served on several various boards and committees. He is an FBI National Academy graduate of Session 227 and has been a member of the FBI National Academy Associates since 2006. Tim was appointed Secretary/Treasurer of the Alabama Chapter in 2010 and has since been twice elected to that office in 2012 and 2016.
Tim and his wife, Julie, have four children. Three sons who are in the ministry and one daughter who is a Graphic Design Artist. Tim and Julie are both private pilots and motorcyclists who enjoy traveling, outdoor activities and chasing their three granddaughters.