Coatesville Police Chief Dominick Bellizzie was among the national and international law enforcement officials to complete a prestigious 11-week program run by the United States Department of Justice.

"I'll certainly be able to use the lessons learned at the FBI academy here in Coatesville," said Bellizzie. "I took courses on law enforcement management, forensics, labor law and organized gang identification. The contacts I made will allow our department to consult and share information with law enforcement agencies throughout the country and the world."

Those attending the FBI National Academy program at Quantico, Va., included representatives from 47 states, the District of Columbia and 23 international countries, three military organizations and three federal civilian organizations. A total of 246 law enforcement officers graduated.

Training for the program was provided by FBI academy staff, special agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of who are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was the principal speaker at the graduation ceremony in December.

"Coatesville has an excellent police force led by a highly experience police chief," said E. Jean Krack, Coatesville City Manager. "The FBI training completed by Chief Bellizzie enhances the professionalism of the City's police department."

Bellizzie said the administration and labor law courses would aid in the day-to-day running of the department. Even though the city doesn't have organized gangs, he said, the course he completed would allow his staff to detect any attempt by gangs to infiltrate the area before they can become established.

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