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FLETA Grants Accreditation to the U.S. Air Force Basic Special Investigator’s Course

For Immediate Release

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce it granted accreditation status to the U.S. Air Force Basic Special Investigator’s Course and reaccreditation status to the U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Academy at the November 5, 2009 meeting held in San Francisco, California.

The U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Academy (USAFSIA) provides basic and advanced instruction in criminal and fraud investigations, counterintelligence, protective services, polygraph, technical investigative services, operational development, and counter-threat operations in support of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations’ in-garrison and war- fighting mission. FLETA Board Member Tim Danahey made note of the fact that the USAFSIA is accredited as an affiliated school with the Community College of the Air Force, a multi- campus, federally-chartered institution.

The Basic Special Investigator’s Course is one of the courses offered at the USAFSIA. It is an entry level course designed to provide training in basic investigative skills and techniques. Students receive classroom instruction in such topics as the AFOSI mission, jurisdiction, policy, civil and military law, theory, and application of investigative techniques, report writing, interview techniques, evidence collection and preservation, technical equipment and scientific aids used in investigations, counterintelligence, and use of firearms. In addition to classroom instruction, students participate in extensive practical exercises that further enhance their knowledge and skills.

FLETA Board Member Mike Hanneld complimented the USAFSIA on the level of preparation they demonstrated in the assessments of both the Special Investigations Academy and the Basic Special Investigator’s Course. It is the Board’s goal to improve the Federal law enforcement community with each accreditation, and the Board has now awarded 33 program accreditations and 11 academy accreditations.

To achieve accreditation, an agency must undergo a voluntary thorough assessment of their academy and/or program to ensure compliance with the FLETA standards. These professional standards were developed to increase agency effectiveness and efficiency. The standards address the following areas: Academy Administration; Qualifications and Development of Training Staff; Program Administration; and Program and Curriculum Development. The FLETA Board is nationally recognized by Federal law enforcement agencies, as well as stakeholders in law enforcement training.

To maintain accredited status, agencies are required to submit annual reports to the FLETA Board and participate in a reaccreditation process every three years. If you would like more information regarding the FLETA process, please visit the website at or contact FLETA at 912-261-3684.