Office of Training and Development (OTD) Receives Accreditation for the Driver’s Instructor Training Program and Reaccreditation for the CBP Officer’s Basic Training Program
The US CBP Office of Training and Development (OTD) is pleased to announce that the agency has received accreditation for the Driver’s Instructor Training Program (DITP) and reaccreditation of the CBP Officer’s Basic Training Program (CBPOBT) at the November 2011 Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board meeting in Annapolis, Maryland.
The FLETA Board granted program accreditation to the DITP first. The DITP is a two-week (80-hour) program that is taught at the Border Patrol Academy (BPA) and is designed to provide a cadre of instructors capable of delivering standardized driver training to trainees at the Academy. The current program is designed to teach student instructors the principles, philosophies, methodologies and techniques of teaching the driver training curriculum. In addition, it introduces student instructors to the driving skills and practical exercises required to be a successful Border Patrol Academy Driving Instructor. The BPA Director, Chief Patrol Agent Roberto Correa, accepted the DITP certificate of accreditation and thanked the FLETA Board and its members of the accreditation community. The Chief continued to say, “The Border Patrol Academy staff is dedicated to the accreditation process and this award goes to them for their hard work.”
Next the Board awarded accreditation to the CBPOBT. The CBPOBT training program is taught at the Field Operations Academy (FOA) and was granted initial program accreditation in November of 2008. The program is approximately eighteen five-day weeks (89-days) in length, and totals 710 hours in total training time. The training includes, but is not limited to, Introduction to Law Enforcement Professionalism, Nationality Law, Land Border Conveyances, Trade Processing, Non-Immigrant Classifications, Processing Air & Sea Crewmembers, Immigrant Classifications, Officer Safety Survival and Passenger Fundamentals, Grounds of Inadmissibility, and Passenger Processing. In addition, the participants receive training in and familiarization with the Document Examination process, Impostor determination, the Colt M4/A 1 carbine rifle, the Remington 870 shotgun, crime scene preservation, professional courtroom demeanor and an overview of driver training for nonemergency vehicle operations and skid control. “I am very pleased with this attainment developed by the multiple facets of CBP working together to establish a viable program that will serve the agency for a number of years. The Academy received excellent cooperation of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in assisting the combined effort to implement the CBPOBT. The end result is a training program for which the citizens of the United States can be assured of a strong professional presence of CBP Officers to secure the homeland," stated the FOA Director Chief Kevin Strong.
Finally, the FLETA Board Chair congratulated the CBP Accreditation team members at the BPA, FOA and Headquarters on their hard work, diligence and dedication to accreditation. The FLETA Board is nationally recognized by federal law enforcement agencies, as well as stakeholders in law enforcement training. The Board has now awarded CBP OTD with eleven program accreditations and one academy accreditation. CBP OTD will continue to strive for excellence through accreditation.
If you would like more information on the CBP Accreditation process, please contact Tonya Hall, OTD Senior Accreditation Manager at Tonya.Hall@dhs.gov or at 202 325 7228.