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|Federal Law Enforcement Training Center|
|FLETC aerial photograph (c. 1982).|
|Preceding Agency||Consolidated Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (CFLETC)|
|Parent Agency||Department of Homeland Security|
The FLETC is headquartered at the former Naval Air Station Glynco in the Glynco area of unincorporated Glynn County, Georgia, near the port city of Brunswick, Georgia, and about halfway between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to Glynco, FLETC operates two other residential training sites in Artesia, New Mexico, and Charleston, South Carolina. FLETC also operates an in-service re-qualification training facility in Cheltenham, Maryland, for use by agencies with large concentrations of personnel in the Washington, D.C., area. The FLETC has oversight and program management responsibilities for the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA) in Gaborone, Botswana, and Bangkok, Thailand. FLETC also supports training at ILEAs in Hungary and El Salvador.
Studies conducted in the late 1960s revealed an urgent need for high-quality, cost-effective training by a cadre of professional instructors using modern training facilities and standardized course content. Congress responded by authorizing funds for planning and constructing the Consolidated Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (CFLETC). In 1970, the CFLETC was established as a bureau of the Department of the Treasury (Treasury Order #217) and began training operations in temporary facilities in Washington, D.C.
The permanent location of the training center was originally planned for the Washington, D.C., area. However, a three-year construction delay resulted in Congress requesting that surplus federal installations be surveyed to determine if one could serve as the permanent site. In May 1975, after an extensive review of existing facilities, the former Naval Air Station Glynco was selected. In the summer of 1975, the newly renamed Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) relocated from Washington, D.C., and began training in September of that year at Glynco, Georgia. Glynco is the headquarters site and main campus for the FLETC and houses the senior leadership of the organization.
On March 1, 2003, FLETC formally transferred from the Treasury Department to the newly created Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with some 22 other federal agencies and entities. The move reflected the centrality of the FLETC's mission in support of the unified homeland security effort, which was expanded following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The mission of the FLETC is “We train those who protect our homeland.” FLETC serves as an interagency law enforcement training organization for 89 Federal agencies (aka Partner Organizations). The FLETC also provides training to state, local, campus, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies. Through the Rural Policing Institute (RPI) and the Office of State and Local Training, the FLETC provides tuition-free and low-cost training to state, local, campus and tribal law enforcement agencies.
Both independently and by means of cooperative research and development agreements with the military and cooperative agreements with the entertainment industry, leading technology companies and academic institutions, the FLETC conducts research to identify methods for offering training that is more effective.
The FLETC's parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, supervises its administrative and financial activities.
As an interagency training organization, FLETC has professionals from diverse backgrounds to serve on its faculty and staff. Approximately one-third of the instructor staff are permanent FLETC employees. The remainder are federal officers and investigators on short-term assignment from their parent organizations. Partner Organizations have input regarding training issues and functional aspects of the Center. Agencies take part in curriculum review and development conferences and help develop policies and directives.
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