Mark Buckley, New Milford's deputy police chief, is one of 266 law enforcement officers from across the country and world who graduated Dec. 16 from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Va.

The prestigious, 11-week program is focused on advanced investigative, management and fitness programs for top professionals in the field.

Deputy Chief Buckley was promoted from captain to deputy chief a day before he left for the academy in October.

He said a highlight of the rigorous training was that it bolstered his decision-making abilities.

"It's a confidence builder," said the veteran New Milford officer. "It gives you more confidence in leadership decisions."

NMPD Chief Shawn Boyne graduated from the academy two years ago.

Deputy Chief Buckley said the academy endorsed the management Chief Boyne has brought to the department and offered strong examples of how to best proceed in the future.

Deputy Chief Buckley's family, as well as Chief Boyne, Lt. Larry Ash and the department's communications supervisor, Brian Powers, attended his graduation ceremony.

"It was a great experience," Deputy Chief Buckley said.