FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board Grants Initial Program Accreditation to the Department of Veterans Affairs Law Enforcement Training Center’s Instructor Development Course
Patrick J. Ruettiger, Accreditation Manager, Robert D. Cagle, Director, James L. Ward, Chief, Academic Programs Division
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce it granted initial program accreditation status to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Law Enforcement Training Center’s (LETC) Instructor Development Course at the April 25, 2013 meeting in Brunswick, Georgia.
The VA LETC’s Instructor Development Course provides appointed VA Police Instructors with the knowledge and skills required to provide specialized quality training. The program includes training in both agency law enforcement policies and procedures, and instructional methodologies. The Instructor Development Course is designed to prepare a cadre of highly skilled instructors capable of developing and presenting effective training at their stations. In addition, this cadre of instructors provides assistance to the VA LETC in conducting training in the Basic Police Officer Course and other specialty courses.
The LETC provides training for approximately 2000 federal police officers annually. The LETC is located on the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System’s (CAVHS) North Little Rock Campus. The site was chosen because of its central location and because it offered a medical center setting where VA police officers could study and learn in the same environment that they worked.
The FLETA Board is the accrediting body for all federal law enforcement training and support programs. 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.