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Robinson graduates from FBI National Academy

Posted: September 17, 2010 12:22 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2010 12:17 p.m.

Charles Andrew “Andy” Robinson Jr., a Camden native and son of Charles and Mary Robinson of Camden, was recently selected for and graduated from the FBI National Academy (FBINA) Session No. 241 in Quantico, Va.

Robinson is a captain with the Fort Mill Police Department where he oversees patrol, administration, jail and dispatch operations for the 40-person agency.

Robinson followed in the footsteps of his grandfather,  Andrew Robinson, and began his law enforcement career at the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office in 1996. He married and moved to York County in 1997 and has lived there since.

Robinson started his 10-week National Academy experience April 12 in Quantico, where he joined 259 fellow law enforcement executives from 49 states, 25 foreign countries, four military organizations and four federal civilian organizations.During the training, Robinson earned a Master’s Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia while also undergoing a rigorous physical fitness program which culminated in a 6.1 mile obstacle course run affectionately referred to as the “Yellow Brick Road,” for which Robinson earned a yellow brick with his class number on it as a reminder. Robinson participated in an optional swim challenge that consisted of swimming 34 miles for which he also earned a blue brick.

Graduation was held June 18 with FBI Director Robert Mueller as the principal speaker, and Lee County, Fla., Sheriff Mike Scott as the designated class spokesperson.

South Carolina is allotted three spots per National Academy session, with sessions held four times per year. Participation is by invitation only, through a nomination process.

In 2008, Robinson also received a full scholarship from the International Association of Police Chiefs (IACP) to attend Northwestern University’s 10- week School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Class No. 275 in Evanston, Ill. Tuition, room and board were all covered by the scholarship, and Robinson also earned the highest grades in his class.

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