BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Police Chief Andrew Huisman was among 223 law enforcement officers from this country and around the world who recently graduated from the FBI’s National Academy.

Member attending the academy’s 271st session in Quantico, Va., hailed from 48 states and Washington, D.C., 18 countries, five military organizations and five federal civilian organizations.

Internationally recognized for its academic excellence, the academy’s 10-week program includes advanced communication, leadership and fitness training, as well as coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, law, behavioral science and forensic science.

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Academy participants are selected by their sponsoring agencies because of their leadership qualities and have on average 21 years of law enforcement experience, according to the academy.

Huisman was one of two members of this graduating class from Monmouth County — the other being Jeffrey Wilbert of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, who serves as captain of detectives in the criminal investigation section.

A 25-year veteran of the Belmar Police Department, Huisman became chief in April 2016. During and in the months after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, he played an instrumental role in departmental operations and in the borough’s massive clean-up efforts, including coordination with other law enforcement and emergency response agencies.

In addition, one of his first tasks as Belmar police chief was taking over police operations for neighboring Lake Como, which disbanded its own 10-member force in May 1016 due to budgetary constraints and to avoid a major municipal tax hike.

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