Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced that Marcus Colley, Director of Criminal Investigations, graduated this week from the highly competitive FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

“Ensuring that our team has ongoing leadership training and professional development opportunities is a top priority at my office. Marcus’s acceptance into the National Academy is a tremendous honor, and we could not be prouder of his exceptional performance in this prestigious program,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch.

As Director of Criminal Investigations, Colley oversees the investigative work of nearly 60 sworn law enforcement officers who work on cases involving consumer fraud, vulnerable adult abuse and exploitation, election integrity, alcohol and tobacco law offenses, and public integrity crimes. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Colley most recently served as Director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Training Division.

Colley, a native of Moss Point, Mississippi, holds a Master of Science in Secondary Education degree and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Alcorn State University.

He is one of 201 law enforcement officers who completed this FBI National Academy program. This class included members of law enforcement agencies from 24 countries, five military organizations, and six federal civilian organizations.

Over a 10-week period, participants of the National Academy are offered classes in advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training. Participants must have proven records as professionals within their agencies to attend.

Since its inception in 1935, more than 55,186 public safety professionals have graduated from the FBI National Academy. Victoria Rice, formerly the Task Force Commander for Mississippi’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and now Chief of Public Integrity Investigations, and Paul Holley, Director of Strategic Law Enforcement Partnerships, of the Attorney General’s office are also graduates of the FBI National Academy.