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UT Police Department Deputy Chief Keith Lambert graduated from the 264th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on June 10.

Keith LambertLambert is one of five law enforcement officers from Tennessee in the class. The twenty-nine-year veteran of UTPD completed seventeen hours of college courses during the ten-week program, which covered drug enforcement strategies, legal updates for command level officers, advanced leadership, forensic science, and other subjects in addition to the physical training associated with the program.

He also completed the Marine Corps Obstacle Course, called the “Yellow Brick Road.” The grueling 6.1-mile course has come to symbolize attendance and completion of the academy. Lambert received the coveted Yellow Brick for completing all weekly physical challenges.

“To this day, my attendance at the FBI National Academy is one of my fondest professional memories. It is an incredible program that focuses on best practices in leadership for law enforcement,” said UTPD Chief and Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety Troy Lane. “Deputy Chief Lambert has shown dedication and leadership to this agency and was absolutely a worthwhile candidate for this distinction. I have no doubt that he learned even more ways to improve his leadership role in our campus’s safety.”

The academy is an invitation-only opportunity offered to the top 1 percent of the law enforcement community.

Lambert is the third current UTPD officer graduate from the FBI Academy. He joins Lane (212th Session) and Lt. Donnie Ross (255th Session).

“I believe the networking opportunity and leadership training will be invaluable,” said Lambert. “I had the opportunity to focus on executive leadership for ten weeks and bring this training back to UTPD. My desire is to continually improve the overall safety of our campus utilizing this training.”

Lambert has a bachelor’s degree from Tusculum College and a master’s degree in human resource management from UT.

The National Academy Program, operated by the FBI since 1935, has a rich history of networking senior law enforcement officials across the globe. Training for the program is provided by FBI Academy instructional staff, special agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise. The program has a strong academic track as well, with classes taught through the University of Virginia.



Catherine Willis (865-974-2125,