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Over 30 years ago, the Presidential Commission Report, The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society, and a follow-up report, The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society:  Looking Back, Looking Forward, contained recommendations to increase professionalism and standardization of training. More recently, in a January 2000 report to the Congress, the Commission on the Advancement of Federal Law Enforcement reiterated and reinforced the need to develop and implement training standards. The Commission made it abundantly clear that core training in law enforcement functions, certification of the adequacy of training programs, and accreditation of agencies are all essential to maintaining public confidence in the professionalism of federal agents and officers.

Beginning in 2000, in an effort to increase the professionalism of federal law enforcement training, a task force of key training leaders from principal federal and state law enforcement agencies began work to collaboratively conduct research to establish a premier training accreditation model. In the development of the model, federal law enforcement training professionals established standards and procedures to evaluate the training academies and training programs used to train federal law enforcement agents and officers. The intent was to develop an independent accreditation process that provides law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards and receive appropriate recognition. This independent accreditation process has been developed and entitled Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA).

The practice of accrediting institutions began in the United States more than 200 years ago, to accredit professional hospital procedures and to charter colleges and private academies. The process has been successfully applied in fields as diverse as health care services, educational institutions, and more recently, law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories.

1900  Start of effort to raise standards.

1953  “Model Police Training Act”

1967  President’s Commission on Law Enforcement recommended each state establish a POST Commission

1979  Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) established

1999  The U. S. Office of Management and Budget directed the federal law enforcement community to develop a process to improve federal law enforcement operations.

2002 The FLETA Board was established through the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding.

2005 The first accreditations were awarded to the Department of State and the U.S. Postal Service.

2014 FLETA completed the 200th FLETA assessment.

Currently, FLETA continues to grow.