WPSO detective graduates from FBI Academy

Published 2:35 pm Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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On Dec. 20, 2019, a total of 258 law enforcement officers graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. The 278th session of the National Academy was comprised of men and women from 49 states and the District of Columbia as well as members of law enforcement agencies from 37 countries, four military organizations and six federal civilian organizations.

Detective Corbet Hunt represented the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office in this academy class, which consisted of 11 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training. FBI Academy instructors, special agents and other staff with advanced degrees provided instruction to the students. FBI Director Christopher Wray presented a graduation certificate to each officer who completed the class.

A cherished goal for each academy participant is to earn a Yellow Brick Award for completing a 6.1-mile run on the U.S. Marine enlisted man obstacle course. Hunt not only earned his Yellow Brick but also the Red Brick and Black Brick awards. The Red Brick Award signifies rowing 34 miles and the Black Brick Award signifies bicycling 278 miles.

Hunt is a lifelong resident of Washington Parish and son of the late Corbet and Nina Hunt of the Ben’s Ford community. He graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1989, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving faithfully until his honorable discharge in 1997.

Following his Navy service, Hunt worked at Rayburn Correctional Center, then in 2007 transferred his employment to the WPSO. He served as a patrol deputy until 2014, when Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal appointed Hunt to the Criminal Investigation Division, an assignment he still holds. In 2018, the local American Legion Post 24 recognized him as “Deputy of the Year.”

During his tenure with the WPSO, Hunt has served in various capacities, including:

  • Assignment to the U.S. Secret Service White Collar Crimes Task Force.
  • Designated marksman for the Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team.
  • Member of the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team.
  • Co-Founder of the Sheriff’s Office Dive and Recovery Team.
  • Commander of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

Hunt is father to three sons and one daughter and recently announced his engagement to Lori Holtzclaw, with a planned wedding date in October.

“It is a distinct honor to have one of our own successfully complete the prestigious and demanding FBI National Academy,” Seal said. “Not only has Detective Hunt distinguished himself as a valuable member of our Sheriff’s Office team but also as a member of various task forces and special tactics teams. We were so pleased to have him represent us in this session of the academy. Thanks, Detective Hunt for all you do and for all that you are.”