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FLETA Board Grants Academy and Program Reaccreditation to the Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service

FLETA Board Grants Academy and Program Reaccreditation to the Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service

Mark Haucke, Ph.D.; Laureen Stephens-Rice; Tom Haycraft; Kevin Bauer, Director, DSS OTPS; Jim Sutton; Tim Parkman

Hilton Head, South Carolina Mar 22, 2012

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce it granted reaccreditation status to the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service’s Academy, the Basic Special Agent Course, and the Instructor Development Course at the March 22, 2012 meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Department of State was one of the first departments to achieve FLETA accreditation in 2005. The Diplomatic Security Service’s Office of Training and Performance Standards is responsible for oversight of the Academy and both programs. Kevin Bauer, Director of the Office of Training and Performance Standards accepted the certificates of accreditation, “We are committed to the FLETA process, and it has served us well in our mission”.

The Office of Training and Performance Standard’s mission is to train and sustain a workforce capable of effectively addressing and overcoming the law enforcement and security challenges required to support U.S. Foreign Policy in the global threat environment now and into the future. The Office provides basic and in-service law enforcement, technical security, counter-terrorism, technical security, information assurance, diplomatic courier, and other professional training to Diplomatic Security agents and security engineering personnel being assigned throughout the world.  The Office also provides a wide variety of specialized security training programs and country specific training/briefings to State Department personnel and their families, and for personnel from more than 43 other government agencies who are assigned overseas.

The Basic Special Agent Course provides newly appointed Special Agent candidates the skills necessary to function as Federal Law Enforcement Officers within the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  This 25-week entry-level training program prepares Special Agent candidates for all aspects of domestic duty with the Department of State.

The Instructor Development Course provides participants with basic training in instructional techniques and selected instructional design/development topics. Participants learn presentation techniques and the policies and procedures that govern instructing for the office of Training and Performance Support.

To achieve accreditation, agencies submit to an independent review of their academy and/or program to ensure compliance with the FLETA Standards and Procedures in the areas of: Program Administration, Training Staff, Training Development, and Training Delivery, with an additional 20 standards for Academies. Accreditation is a cyclical process occurring every three years. Each year, agencies must submit annual reports in preparation for reaccreditation, which is a new and independent review of the academy/program.