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FLETA Reaccredits the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agency Basic Training Program

Charleston, South Carolina Apr 07, 2011

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce it granted reaccreditation status to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIA) Special Agent Basic Training Program and Protective Service Operations Training Program at the April 7, 2011 meeting held in Charleston, South Carolina. 


The NCIS Special Agent Basic Training Program (SABTP) provides agency-specific, professional training that fulfills all the basic criminal investigative training requirements necessary for responsible and competent career performance of NCIS Special Agents.


The NCIS Protective Service Operations Training Program (PSOTP) is designed to instill a working knowledge of methods of a protective service operation/detail in support of a visiting foreign dignitary or upper level Department of Defense principal.


Board Member Tim Danahey reported the results of the SABTP program review, noting it is a solid, well-run program that also trains agents from the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard. Mr. Danahey then reported the results of the PSOTP program review, commenting that one of the critical missions of the NCIS is protective details. Mr. Tim Carruth accepted the reaccreditation certificates for both programs, thanking the FLETA Board and the assessment teams. He said the SABTP is NCIS’s flagship program and is continually evolving, and he noted the PSOTP is another critical NCIS program.            


To achieve accreditation, an agency must undergo a voluntary thorough assessment of their academy and/or program to ensure compliance with the FLETA standards.  These professional standards were developed to increase agency effectiveness and efficiency.  The standards address Program Administration, Training Staff, Training Development, and Training Delivery, with an additional 20 standards specifically for Academies. 


Once an academy or program is accredited, they must undergo reaccreditation every three years using the current standards and process.  Reaccreditation takes a fresh look at all information to determine if the evidence supports the agency’s continued compliance with FLETA Standards.  To maintain accredited status, agencies also are required to submit annual reports to the FLETA Board.  The FLETC is a leader in accreditation with 12 programs accredited, 11 of which have now been reaccredited, as well as FLETC itself being accredited and reaccredited as an academy.


The FLETA Board is nationally recognized by federal law enforcement agencies, as well as stakeholders in law enforcement training.  It is the Board’s goal to improve the federal law enforcement community with each accreditation, and the Board has now awarded 48 program accreditations and 13 academy accreditations. 


If you would like more information regarding the FLETA process, please visit the website at or contact FLETA at 912-261-3684.