(KMOV) – The government shutdown is impacting the local police officers who were selected to receive special training from the FBI.
Some instructors with the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia are not getting paid, so classes were canceled.
News 4 spoke with a local officer who graduated from the ten-week training sessions and said the experience was life-changing.
“It kind of brings you back to the reality of where or why you really started this job. One of the biggest things, or one of the best classes I had while in the academy, was an ethics class. it really, really brought me back, to one of the reasons I got into law enforcement, “ said Major Art Jackson Jr. with the Berkeley Police Department.
The FBI confirmed two officers representing police departments in eastern Missouri were selected for the academy but sent home due to the shutdown.
They are not saying whether those officers will get another chance, when the government is back open for business.