Lieutenant Andy Green - Putnam Sentinel
Lima PD Lieutenant Andy Green stands next to the FBI National Academy flag, which features the Academy’s seal and the words knowledge, courage and integrity. (Photo submitted)

QUANTICO, VA — According to the FBI, the executive level police officers who attend the 11-week course at the National Academy in Quantico, Virginia represent the one percent of the one percent in law enforcement. By the FBI’s counting, only one percent of the nation’s police officers reach the executive level of leadership, and only one percent of those executive level officers are accepted into the Academy. It is not unusual for an officer to wait a decade or more before being selected to attend.

Andy Green, son of Don and Kathy (Pierman) Green of Pandora, and current Lieutenant in the Lima Police Department is now one of that one percent. “The National Academy is the pinnacle,” Green says when describing his experience. “They take us out and showcase the best of law enforcement.”

Developed by the FBI and the University of Virginia, The National Academy combines Masters-level coursework, seminars from world-wide leaders in fields related to law enforcement, and hands-on training of best practices and innovative techniques currently being implemented by police departments around the world.

According to Green, the academy is organized around a ‘three pillars’ approach of education, fitness and networking. In each area, the officer selected to attend is expected to promote the knowledge they are acquiring within their own departments. This includes more than just best practices for engaging the communities they serve and extends into how best to support individual officers and the unique pressures those officers face.

Recently, Green attended a live demonstration of NYPD’s CompStat (Compare Statistics) program, which is used to identify emerging crime hotspots and quality of life issues, and then direct law enforcement resources to resolving those issues before they become major problems. From a fitness perspective, the focus has extended beyond the ability to chase down a suspect, and includes how best to promote a healthy lifestyle at every level of a police department.

And, most importantly it seemed to Green, he will never be alone in bringing these efforts back to his home department. “There are police chiefs in this class, county sheriffs, a lot of high ranking people…I now have contacts at 223 departments across the country at the executive level,” Green says when describing the networking component. “We are constantly sharing information to solve problems with a focus on what works.”

Green says he has been excited for the opportunity to attend the academy for ten years. That’s when he spoke with the last Lima officer to be selected. It’s part of his ambition to extend his law enforcement career as far as possible. “I knew I didn’t want to be a street cop forever,” Green says. “I want go as high as I can.”

This, it seems, has always been the case for Green. He cannot easily recall a time when he did not want to be a police officer. Born in Colorado, when his family moved back to the Putnam County area, he was able to interact with local police officers on a much more personal level than ever before. In particular, Green mentions Pandora Police Chief Scott Stant as having an outsized influence in his life’s direction, saying, “He had the time to invest in me.”

The two remain in touch, and Stant easily recalls many interactions with Green as a young man in high school, saying, “He was a good kid. Would stop in the office and ask questions and just talk.” Stant provided direction on how to achieve his dream, recalling that he told Green, “If you’re serious, go into the military.” Which is exactly what Green did when he graduated from high school. Stant also provided a personal reference when Green first applied to join the Lima Police Department.

“I love the community of Pandora,” Green says when talking about what it was like to attend Pandora-Gilboa High School. “When I first came to Putnam County and started attending school, I was shocked at the [relatively small] size of the class, but I quickly grew to love it.”

Green will officially graduate from the FBI’s National Academy on December 13, receiving his certificate directly from the FBI Director and with his family in attendance. He looks forward to returning to the Lima community he now serves. Green is the Commander of the first shift, day patrol. He also oversees Lima’s Community Oriented Police Unit, a community policing initiative involving three officers and a sergeant under Green’s command. And, Green serves the Lima Police Department as a Public Information Officer.