The FLETC is an agency under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It was established by Treasury Order 217 in July 1970, for the purpose of providing consolidated Federal law enforcement training. Consolidation of law enforcement training permits the FederalGovernment to emphasize training excellence and cost effectiveness. Professional instruction and practical application provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to meet the demanding challenges of a Federal law enforcement career. They learn not only the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer, but through interaction with students from many other agencies, they also become acquainted with the missions and duties of their colleagues. This interaction provides the foundation for a more cooperative Federal law enforcement effort.
The FLETC provides basic and advanced law enforcement training to 96Federal Partner Organizations (POs), as well as to state, local, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies. Annually, the FLETC provides more than 300 different training programs at the four different training facilities in: Artesia, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; Cheltenham, Maryland; and Glynco, Georgia. Additionally, the FLETC offers specialized training programs for state, local and international law enforcement personnel. These offerings are designed to meet training needs not generally available to state and local agencies and to enhance networking and cooperation throughout the law enforcement community, domestically, as well as, worldwide.