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Award of Accreditation achieved by 2 Federal Training Academies

For Immediate Release

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board of
Directors is proud to announce the recent award of Accreditation achieved by 2 federal
training academies.  The Board of
Directors met and conducted public hearings at its March 2006 meeting in Tysons Corner, VA.  The hearings took place to review the US
Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Career Development Division and the Federal Law Enforcement
Training Center
for Academy Accreditation.  The Board
also held hearings to review the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security
Service (DSS), Basic Special Agent Course (BSAC); the US Postal Inspection Service’s,
Basic Inspector Training (BIT) and Postal Police Officer Basic Training (PPOBT)
for Program Accreditation.  All the
applicants were awarded accreditation.

Each of these agencies had to undergo a voluntary thorough
assessment of their academy and/or program to ensure compliance with the FLETA
Standards in order to receive accreditation. 
This independent assessment is performed by volunteers from varying
federal law enforcement agencies and addresses the following areas:  Academy
Administration; Qualifications and Development of Training Staff; Program
Administration; and Program and Curriculum Development.

The USPIS
Academy is located in Potomac,
MD, the DSS is located in Dunn Loring, VA and the
FLETC has four sites located in Glynco, GA., Cheltenham, MD, Artesia, NM and Charleston,
SC.  The FLETC accreditation marks the first
agency to have multiple sites awarded Academy accreditation.

Upon receiving the award, FLETC Director Connie Patrick stated, “This
accreditation speaks of our quality and elevates the status of FLETC
training.  This recognition would not be
possible without the tireless work of our staff who trains those who protect
our homeland.” Ms. Patrick went on to emphasize the importance Secretary
Michael Chertoff, the Administration, and FLETC’s Partner Organizations place
on quality law enforcement training.

FLETA Chairperson Sharon Henegan stated, “Through the Accreditation process,
agencies have proven their commitment to quality, effectiveness and integrity,
we congratulate each of these agencies on this accomplishment and applaud them
for taking the lead to make accreditation a priority in training.  Accreditation shows their dedication to
ensure their agents have the best training available and that meets prescribed
standards.”

Accreditation has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest
standards of professionalism and Federal law enforcement agencies are no
exception.  All Federal law enforcement
training academies and training programs are eligible to have the opportunity
to attain accredited status through the Federal Law Enforcement Training
Accreditation Board.  To maintain their
accreditation status, agencies are required to submit annual reports to the
FLETA Board, and participate in a Re-Accreditation process which includes an
assessment every three years.  If you
would like more information on the accreditation initiative, please visit our
website at WWW.FLETA.GOV or call our office
at 912-554-4392.