The Mashantucket Tribal Police Captain George Potts has graduated from the 277th Session of the FBI National Academy.
“Captain Potts is the first Tribal police officer in the State of Connecticut to graduate from this prestigious academy, and we couldn’t be more proud of him,” said Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. “With public safety being one of our Tribal Council’s highest priorities, we’ve intentionally employed some of the region’s finest law enforcement officers, among whom Captain Potts sets a very fine example of service.”
“We are very proud of Captain George Potts and are looking forward to having him back at work where he is sure to continue to excel,” said William Dittman, Chief of Police for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
“It was truly an honor to represent the Tribe and the State of Connecticut at the Academy,” Potts said. “I want to thank my Department for this opportunity as well as my family for making it possible to be away for ten weeks of training.”
The National Academy is a 10-week Law Enforcement Leadership Course offering a variety of classes related to current issues and trends. Participants in the Academy represented all fifty states, federal law enforcement agencies, the US Military, and 36 law enforcement leaders from around the world.
To attend the course the participant must first be nominated by another law enforcement leader. They are then vetted and selected by a FBI representative. Captain Potts was one of only three participants from the State of Connecticut who completed a series of courses including Behavioral Science, Media Relations, Essentials for Law Enforcement Leaders, At Risk Employees and Fitness. He also attended a series of lectures on a variety of topics, including bias and wellness.
The mission of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department is to maintain peace, provide protection and safety of all persons and property within the geographical boundaries of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation through vigilant enforcement of all applicable Federal, State, and Tribal Laws and Ordinances, as well as adherence to all government-to-government agreements, Memorandums of Understandings and Gaming Compacts. The men and women of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police Department, which include the Tribe’s Security and Dispatch Departments, bear a true faith allegiance to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and its trust and confidence. In keeping with the rights of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation to live and enjoy a common heritage, culture and traditional way of life, the Police Department strives diligently to preserve these rights through effective policing efforts, and accomplishes its mission by suppressing elements of criminal activity while maintaining peace and harmony within the community.