The National Executive Institute

The National Executive Institute, or NEI, is the FBI’s premier executive training initiative. For more than three decades, NEI has provided leadership development for Bureau executives and for the heads of the largest law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and overseas.

Who attends.
Specifically, the chief executives of the largest law enforcement organizations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. Attendees must be heads of departments with more than 500 sworn officers serving a population of 250,000.

Photo of NEI students with Director Mueller
Director Robert Mueller talks with NEI students at FBI Headquarters

The sessions.
NEI consists of three one-week training sessions throughout the year. Two of the sessions are hosted by the FBI Academy; the third is typically conducted overseas in concert with our global partners. The focus of the training is strategic leadership development and current affairs.

The approach.
One of the most valuable aspects of NEI is the range and diversity of the executives, who bring immensely different levels of experience and perspectives. To facilitate individual learning, a wide range of associations and feedback occur between the presenters and participants.

Like nearly all FBI training initiatives, one key goal and outgrowth of NEI is increased liaison and cooperation throughout the law enforcement community. NEI is also a conduit for building domestic, international, governmental, and private sector relationships. NEI works collaboratively with the Major Cities Chiefs, the Major County Sheriffs Association, the NEI Associates, the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the National Academy Associates.

Photo of Director Robert Mueller talking with NEI students at FBI Headquarters
NEI students with Director Mueller
Executives from the U.S. are nominated by the Special Agent in Charge of their local FBI field office. International invitations are extended through our Legal Attachés in U.S. embassies worldwide. Participants must be conversant in English.

After graduation.
More than 1,000 law enforcement execs from graduated from NEI since 1976. Following graduation, each executive is invited to join the NEI Associates (NEIA), a non-profit foundation that continues the education of these executives and sponsors various research projects. The NEIA publishes articles on law enforcement and holds an annual conference in Sun Valley, Idaho where it presents the results of its research and plans future projects.

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