NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The lieutenant who heads the police department’s criminal investigation division graduated last week from the FBI National Academy, according to a press release from the city.

In a move that police said will boost the city’s crime-fighting efforts, Mark Pappas completed the program on Dec. 16, along with 222 other graduates from across the country and the world, according to the department. Pappas spent 10 weeks in the academy, beginning in early October, studying various law-enforcement techniques in Quantico, Virginia.

“Lt. Pappas is a committed and dedicated police officer. I commend him on his accomplishments at the National Academy and his drive to succeed, particularly when you consider the time away from his family while he pursued his studies at the National Academy,” Police Director Anthony Caputo said in a written statement. “The skills and resources Lieutenant Pappas will bring back to the department will be invaluable as he continues his career.”

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The FBI National Academy trains law enforcement officers in communication, leadership and fitness, according to the press release.

Only cops with “proven records of professionalism” are selected to join each class, according to the city. Pappas has worked for New Brunswick’s police department for 15 years.

His new credentials stand to better help police investigate crimes and catch perpetrators in the Hub City, according to police.

The training will also be helpful in advancing the police department’s relationship with the FBI, police said. Both agencies sometimes partner together to solve cases.

In a written statement, Pappas said he benefited from talking shop with other police officials during the program.

“The vast law enforcement network that I have become a part of will continue to be a valued resource for law enforcement operations here at the New Brunswick Police Department,” he said.