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28th Annual Honor Graduate of the Year Award

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2018

Glynco, GA -- FLETC presented its Honor Graduate of the Year Award for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 17) to National Security Agency (NSA) Police Officer Shawn Mayer during a ceremony held August 2. In FY 17, FLETC trained nearly 70,000 law enforcement officers and agents from basic and advanced training programs. Of that number, 2,317 graduated from one of the eligible FLETC basic programs. The Honor Graduate of the Year Award is presented annually to the FLETC basic training honor graduate with the highest academic average and who has achieved a high level of proficiency in academics.

FLETC Deputy Director William Fallon presented Mayer the award in the presence of his family, friends, fellow co-workers of the National Security Agency and FLETC staff. Congressional representatives, federal, state and local law enforcement officers, and community leaders attended the annual event and offered their congratulations and support to the NSA Police Officer.

Mayer graduated from the FLETC Uniform Police Training Program, Class 707, on April 4, 2017, with an academic score of 99.01, firearms score of 290 out of 300, and in the 98th percentile of his Physical Efficiency Battery.

“As you can see by Officer Mayer’s scores, the students who are selected to attend FLETC training go through a rigorous screening from their employing agencies to ensure they are the top applicants,” said Fallon.      

Past recipients of the FLETC Honor Graduate of the Year Award include officers and agents with the Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, National Park Service, U.S. Capitol Police, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, General Services Administration, Department of State, U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

During the event, Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter served as a keynote speaker and offered his congratulations to Mayer. The keynote speaker was NSA Police Deputy Chief Jason Evans. “While each of us has chosen a life of service to our communities and nation, it is important to remember that this choice does no guarantee success or an easy life. Living the values highlighted by FLETC’s training program requires sacrifice and discipline,” said Evans. “I can speak with certainty that the law enforcement community will be committed to protecting and serving our nation and defending the ideals and values of America.”

Prior to his employment with the NSA Police, Mayer was professional football player with the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, and the National Football League (NFL) Europe. In 2003, he earned a Super Bowl Championship with the New England Patriots, and the NFL Europe World Bowl Championship in 2007. He continued his football career as both a high school and college coach. Serving as a player development coach at Rutgers University, his team won the Big East Championship. In addition, he worked as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach.

Mayer earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Pennsylvania State University. He received a football scholarship at the university, and, in 2002, was named team captain, and earned Big 10 conference honors, including leading the conference in tackles that same year.

Since graduating from FLETC, Mayer was selected to the NSA Police’s bike patrol team, and received the distinguished pistol and fitness award by achieving the highest fitness score among all their officers. 

FLETC trains the majority of federal officers and agents in the United States. In addition to providing training for over 90 federal partner organizations, FLETC also provides training to state, local, tribal and international police in selected advanced programs; graduates approximately 70,000 students annually and is the largest law enforcement training organization in the country.

Headquartered on a 1600-acre campus at Glynco, near Brunswick, Georgia, FLETC operates facilities in Artesia, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; and Cheltenham, Maryland. FLETC also has oversight responsibility on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security for the International Law Enforcement Academies at Gaborone, Botswana; and Bangkok, Thailand.

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