Lt. Colonel Gremillion makes APSO history by becoming first female deputy to complete the FBI National Academy.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel Laura Gremillion for graduating from the 283rd session of the FBI National Academy.

The graduation took place at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia on September 13, 2022. Lt. Col. Gremillion is the 14th deputy and first female in the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office’s history to complete this prestigious program. Nationally, fewer than one percent of law enforcement professionals have the opportunity to attend the program. 

As the Deputy Chief of Administration, Lt. Col. Gremillion oversees the Administration Division, Professional Standards and Accountability Unit, and Civil Unit, among many other important duties.  She graduated from the LSU Basic Training Academy in 2002, earned a master’s degree in 2010 in the field of Criminal Justice, and has spent most of her 24 years of service with the APSO as a leader and instructor.  She began her career in communications, becoming the division supervisor and taking on many other agency-wide projects, before eventually becoming a member of Sheriff Bobby Webre’s senior command staff.     

Sheriff Webre is proud of Lt. Col. Gremillion for successfully completing the rigorous academic and physical requirements of the National Academy.  Sheriff Webre, a graduate of the 230th session, encourages continuing education for all levels of personnel within the APSO.  He understands the complexity of leading a sheriff’s office, from the front-line deputies to specialized personnel who offer critical public services daily.  Lt. Col. Gremillion brings a high level of leadership to key operations throughout the entire agency.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy offers ten weeks of advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend. On average, these officers have 21 years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

The 283rd session consistent of two hundred and thirty-five law enforcement officers from forty-nine states and the District of Columbia. The class included members of law enforcement agencies from twenty-one countries, five military organizations, and five federal and civilian agencies. 

About the FBI National Academy

FBI Academy instructors, special agents, and other staff with advanced degrees provide the training; many instructors are recognized internationally in their fields. Since 1972, National Academy students have been able to earn undergraduate and graduate credits from the University of Virginia, which accredits many of the courses offered. A total of 53,671 graduates have completed the FBI National Academy since it began in 1935. The National Academy is held at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, the same facility where the FBI trains its new special agents and intelligence analysts.