The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce it granted reaccreditation status to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Training Academy at the July 15, 2010 meeting in Clearwater, Florida.
The NCIS Training Academy is the training center and focal point for the delivery of basic, advanced, and in-service training, as well as supervisory and management training for NCIS personnel. The Academy conducts the 10-week Special Agent Basic Training Program (SABTP) and is also responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of Post-Basic Training for new special agents after they graduate from SABTP. In the past three years, the Academy has developed courses in Basic Physical Security, Basic Counterterrorism Investigations and Operations, and Supervisory Training. They also created a remote training delivery system for language training.
FLETA Board Member Ronald Ward remarked, “What an honor it was to look behind the veil of one of the premier training programs in the country”, and complimented Eric Barrus, Accreditation Manager at the NCIS Training Academy, on a great presentation to the Board Review Committee on July 14, 2010.
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.
Once an academy or program is accredited, they must undergo reaccreditation every three years using the current standards and process. Reaccreditation takes a fresh look at all information to determine if the evidence supports the agency’s continued compliance with FLETA Standards. To maintain accredited status, agencies also are required to submit annual reports to the FLETA Board.
The FLETA Board is nationally recognized by federal law enforcement agencies, as well as stakeholders in law enforcement training. It is the Board’s goal to improve the federal law enforcement community with each accreditation, and the Board has now awarded 39 program accreditations and 13 academy accreditations.
If you would like more information regarding the FLETA process, please visit the website at www.FLETA.gov or contact FLETA at 912-261-3684.