History - FLETC - Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

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FLETC Operations

The FLETC conducts training in basic, advanced, foreign, and state and local law enforcement programs and provides services (printing, scheduling, graphics, facilities, etc.) to the participating agencies in support of their training programs. In total, there are over 200 different training programs conducted by the FLETC and participating agencies. Quality of the training provided is assured through a quality control system involving curriculum conferences, student feedback and program validation studies.

During Fiscal Year 1970, the FLETC graduated 848 students. By Fiscal Year 1976, the first full year of training at Glynn County ("Glynco") headquarters, the number of graduates rose to 5,152. During the fiscal year 1996, the FLETC graduated 18,849 students, representing 89,296 student weeks of training. In Fiscal Year 1997, the FLETC expects to train 25,077 students, representing 118,606 student weeks of training. The FLETC has graduated in excess of 325,000 students since its creation in 1970. As a graphic example of the growth experienced by the Center, in just two years - 1989 and 1990 - more students graduated from the Center than in its first 10 years.

Recent Administration and Congressional initiatives and enhanced security concerns in the wake of the tragic Oklahoma City bombing incident have resulted in an unprecedented demand for training. Participating agencies are projecting they will need to train almost 79,000 students totaling more than 350,000 student weeks of training over the next 3 years. The upsurge in basic training will cause major adjustments in FLETC's training schedule and may result in the canceling of some advanced training programs. In addition to offering law enforcement training in more than 50 programs to state and local agencies, the FLETC also provides training assistance to foreign governments. Since 1984, the amount of training requests and assistance provided to foreign governments has increased significantly due to world-wide tensions and the rise in international crime.

In FY97 the Treasury Department and the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), entered into an agreement to establish and maintain an International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) to be located in South or Central America. Treasury Under Secretary (Enforcement) Raymond W. Kelly designated the FLETC to take the lead in establishing the ILEA South.

FLETC instructors also support each eight-week session at the ILEA in Budapest, Hungary. Management, leadership, financial investigations, and money laundering are the FLETC areas of concentration. Approximately 222 students from thirteen countries graduated from the five sessions in FY97.

In January 1997, the State Department and the FLETC co-hosted a Latin American Training Directors' Conference for Police Academy Directors from twenty Latin American countries. The conference focused on initiatives to improve the delivery of law enforcement training and education in support of international counter-terrorism efforts. In collaboration with FLETC staff and with the assistance of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) and the State Police and Provincial Academy Directors (SPPADS), this conference specifically explored major issues in police education and training, and the innovative uses of training technology. It also ascertained the feasibility of developing a Latin American Association of Police Academy/College Directors.

The State Department's Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) has sponsored foreign training at the FLETC for several years. In FY97 the State Department sponsored the presentation of an Advanced Physical Security Training Program to forty eight students from Albania and India. The Security Specialties Division (SSD) conducts this two-week program, which provides in-depth coverage of physical security systems and procedures. Other international training included the Seaport Security Antiterrorism Training Program conducted in Rabat, Morocco, in June 1997 by SSD; a four-week Marine Law Enforcement Training Program at Glynco conducted by the Driver and Marine Division for sixteen students from Tunisia; and a Criminal Investigations in an Automated Environment Training Program for sixty students from various countries, conducted by the Center's Financial Fraud Institute (FFI). It was offered at Glynco three times in FY97, as part of a project to assist the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with training.

FFI, with logistics support from OSLI's International Programs Division, exported the International Banking and Money Laundering Training Program to sixty seven students in Poland, sixty students in Romania, and 220 students in Russia. Participants in this five-day program are taught to recognize money laundering and cash flow indicators in international banking.

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