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Clear Lake Police Lt. and Waldorf College student completes training at FBI National Academy

Waldorf College
Deb Ryg, a lieutenant with the Clear Lake Police Department and a senior in criminal justice administration at Waldorf College, successfully completed training at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., this summer.
While the FBI National Academy is open to state and local police, sheriffs’ departments, military police organizations, and federal law enforcement agencies, leadership training is by invitation only through a nomination process.
Ryg was selected within two-and-a-half years of being nominated by her police chief. “Only six police officers from Iowa get to go every year,” she said, “so getting chosen so quickly was pretty exciting.”
She spent ten weeks at the Academy with more than 200 police officers from the United States and 24 different countries. “Getting to know the people, their experiences and what they’ve done was important and a lot of fun,” said Ryg. “It was interesting to hear different perspectives about how law enforcement is done in other countries.”
Training included courses in behavioral and forensic science, terrorism, leadership development, and communications, as well as physical fitness. “The main emphasis was classes and learning how to be a better administrator,” Ryg noted, which she was prepared for as a criminal justice administration student at Waldorf.  
“We are very proud to have Lt. Ryg as part of our criminal justice program,” said John Shook, assistant professor of criminal justice at Waldorf College. “Very few officers have the opportunity to attend the FBI Academy, and it is an honor that she was chosen.” He continued, “She’s an outstanding role model for other students because of her exceptional accomplishments as a student and full-time police officer with the Clear Lake Department.”
Added Ryg, “My instructors at Waldorf were very supportive of my training, working with me so that I could leave towards the end of spring semester and also encouraging me while I was gone, which was very uplifting.”
A member of the Clear Lake Police Department for 15 years, Ryg went into law enforcement because of her admiration of the profession. “I always really respected police and the job that they did,” she explained, “and I wanted to help people.”
“The FBI Academy was one of the best training experiences and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I will always remember,” Ryg concluded. “I am fortunate I was a part of it.”
Read more about the FBI National Academy at Waldorf’s criminal justice and criminal justice administration degrees are available on campus and online.