Muskogee County Sheriff Rob Frazier has embarked on a 10-week trip to Quantico, Virginia, for training with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
While there, Frazier will undergo intensive training to improve his efficacy as a law enforcement official, he said.
"I’ve got six different classes here, they concentrate a lot on fitness and classes on law enforcement leadership, media relations, contemporary issues in law enforcement, and so on," Frazier said. "They condense all that down to a 10-week program. It’s not a 10-week vacation by any means. There’s a lot of paperwork and a lot of school work involved."
Frazier called his selection for the training an "honor."
"Being a candidate of the National FBI Academy, you have to be selected and chosen, so it’s a pretty prestigious honor to go," Frazier said. "They have to be confident in your abilities, because you’re going to pretty extensive training and they want to make sure they get their money’s worth out of you."
The sheriff was less worried about the training, however, than being that far away from his family and his job, he said.
"I love my job as being sheriff. It’s the best job I could ask for. I feel like I was made to be here so it’s going to be tough to be gone, but I’m leaving it in good hands," Frazier said. "The stress is going to be mainly being away from my family."
Frazier said he primarily looked forward to connecting with, and learning from, law enforcement leaders from around the globe.
"I’m looking forward to networking with other people from all over the world that will be at this training. There’s between 200 and 250 of us," Frazier said. "I'll be able to network with other leaders that are kind of in the same position as I am — networking with them and just honing in and becoming a better leader and being able to reach out to other leaders for advice or vice versa. That’s what I’m looking forward to the most."