Silverthorne’s Beluscak graduates from FBI academy |

Silverthorne’s Beluscak graduates from FBI academy

by Reid Williams

SILVERTHORNE – The leadership and investigative training, he hopes to put to good use. The physical training, frankly, is painfully remembered.

Silverthorne Police Sgt. Mark Beluscak graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy Program June 14. The highly selective law enforcement school attracts applicants from around the world and instructs officers in specialized police topics, as well as management and leadership.

“The FBI offers this command-level training to local law enforcement officers, and it’s considered the tops in the country, so it’s an honor to get to go,” Beluscak said. “It’s in the same building and with the same instructors as the regular FBI academy, and we train right alongside their agents.”

The academy opens 16 spots for Colorado and Wyoming officers each year. The Silverthorne Police Department was awarded a spot, and Chief John Patterson selected Beluscak to attend. Silverthorne picked up the tab for his schooling.

The selective academy also has physical fitness requirements, and exercise was a major portion of the curriculum. Beluscak described the training as demanding and said one trainee died of a heart attack during the program.

“It was tough, and the humid weather there didn’t help,” he said. “You know that FBI obstacle course they show in (the movie) “Silence of the Lambs’? We did that – after running the 3.2 miles to get there.”

Beluscak said he gained a lot from the experience. He learned how to run large-scale investigations such as homicides and child abductions and studied constitutional law. But the most valuable lesson, he said, was the perspective he gained being away from Silverthorne.

“When you’re away, you have the ability to reflect on the future of policing in your community,” he said. “I really want to make positive changes, and the connections I made were great.”

Beluscak said the Silverthorne Police Department has always been progressive, and he wants to continue that progressive thinking. He said, too often, police departments get caught up in doing things because that’s the way they’ve always been done. Beluscak said he wants to ask more questions about why police departments do what they do.

Beluscak joins two other Summit County police officers who have graduated from the FBI National Academy, Silverthorne Police Chief John Patterson and Dillon Police Chief Gary Cline.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or

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