Salute the Badge: JCPD Captain graduates from FBI's National Academy

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Trish Giordano has spent 26 years serving the Junction City community as part of the police department.

Captain Giordano's desire for a career in law enforcement started at a young age.

"Watching Cagney and Lacey made me really get a passion for it,” Giordano said. ‘Through the years I've been a patrol officer, a training officer, a drug detective, a patrol sergeant and a detective sergeant, patrol lieutenant and now the captain of investigations."

That passion lead her to a 26 year long career with JCPD and helped her get nominated by Police Chief Dan Breci to apply for the FBI's National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

"When I got the call I was kind of taken away, breathless,” Giordano said. “I didn't think there was a chance, I was very excited to be able to have this opportunity."

With only four classes a year and four applicants selected from the Kansas and Missouri region, Giordano packed up her gear and drove all the way to Quantico to prepare for the academy.

"It was very reminiscent of moving into the dorms on college day,” Giordano said. “There were 26 women in our class of 256 and we're all on the same floor, so we got to know each other pretty well.”

Giordano said they all bonded quickly and she met officers from all over the world.

Being in such a diverse environment, Giordano said they were able to learn from other people's experiences.

"There were people there from much smaller departments than mine and much larger departments than mine,” Giordano said. “Talking about our experiences in different challenges that we have and how we overcome different incidents that we have and we all have the same similar problems whether it's here or in Singapore or in Taiwan. Everybody has the same issues just on different levels."

For Giordano, being a representative of the Junction City Police Department on a national level wouldn't have been possible without a strong support system.

"I was very, very proud to represent Junction City, Kansas in this process and there were people who had never heard of Junction City and I definitely spoke about Junction City and how wonderful of a community it was,” Giordano said. “I have a great support system, I have family I have friends, my daughter, who is now an adult, she had to deal with a mom being an officer and that had its challenges in and of itself."

Giordano received a diploma from FBI Director Christopher Wray and the guest speaker was Attorney General William Barr.