June 24, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 17 Area Police chief graduates from FBI National Academy ments allowed him to put local issues into perspective. In the classroom, Messner focused on legal and labor law issues. The chief also completed courses in fitness, conflict resolution, executive leadership, and stress management. “There are a lot of things to apply to day-to-day operations,” he said, when asked how he would use his education in Waldwick. While in Virginia, Messner visited a number of sites that enhanced his enjoyment of American history. The chief toured Mount Vernon, where George and Martha Washington lived until 1799; Monticello, the estate designed and inhabited by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, who founded the University of Virginia in 1819; and several Civil War battlefields, including Manassas, Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and the Wilderness. A resident of Midland Park, Messner attended the Waldwick public schools, and went on to major in communications at what was then Glassboro State College. After 18 years of service on the Waldwick Police force, including duty as acting chief, Messner was sworn in as chief of police in February of 2006. Last year, he attended the Law Enforcement Executive Development seminar that was held in Princeton. His June 12 graduation from the FBI National Academy makes Messner one of over 42,709 law enforcement officers to have successfully completed this program since it was established in July 1935. Since 1972, program participants have been able to earn credits from the University of Virginia at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The cost of participation in this program is covered by the FBI. 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During the course of the 10-week academy, Messner and his peers participated in advanced investigative, management, and fitness training. Courses highlight leadership development and critical thinking. Instructors include Special Agents and other FBI staff members who hold advanced degrees. Many of these expert instructors have achieved international recognition in their fields. “It was a great experience,” Messner commented last week, when he returned to his office in Waldwick. “By meeting with police officers from 50 states and a number of different countries I got to know what people are dealing with in other areas.” He pointed out that exploring commonalities among law enforcement officers and depart- THERE’S A WEBER GRILL MADE FOR YOU! Open Sunday 9-3 C n and emonstratio Event D ales Truckload S WEBER ook-Out WEBER   5  STAR   DEALER See the WEBER Grill in Action • Taste the results Saturday - 11am-3pm We carry the complete line of 2009 WEBER Grills. Come see them all. 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