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Kimberly Canitz Receives 2014 FLETA Team Leader Award

For Immediate Release
FLETA Board Chair, Brian Peters; Kimberly Canitz; FLETA Office of Accreditation Executive Director, Gary Mitchell, Ph.D.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce Ms. Kimberly Canitz as the 2014 recipient of the FLETA Team Leader Recognition Award. FLETA Board Chair, Mr. Brian Peters, presented the Team Leader Recognition Award to Ms. Canitz during the FLETA Board meeting on November 20, 2014 in Brunswick, GA.

“On behalf of the FLETA Board, I am pleased to recognize Ms. Kimberly Canitz for this distinguished award,” stated Mr. Peters. “Ms. Canitz is highly respected among the FLETA community and demonstrates her professionalism and excellence in everything she does.”

Kimberly Canitz is with the U.S. Secret Service and has been involved in the FLETA process since 2006. Ms. Canitz serves as the Accreditation Manager for all USSS law enforcement training and manages all Secret Service personnel in support of the FLETA process. In addition to serving as a team leader and assessor on FLETA assessments, Ms. Canitz provides direct and in-direct support to other federal law enforcement agencies as a source of expertise conducting self-assessments.

Dr. Gary Mitchell, Executive Director for the FLETA Office of Accreditation congratulated Ms. Canitz on her award, “team leaders, like Ms. Canitz are the critical link between the FLETA Board and the assessment teams. The team leader is the single person who manages the assessment teams throughout the process, from the moment the Office of Accreditation sends out the notice to the time they present their findings to this Board. We would not have a FLETA process without the hard work and dedication of Ms. Canitz and her fellow team leaders and assessors.”

The FLETA Team Leader Recognition Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly or demonstrated exceptional commitment while serving in a team leader capacity during the FLETA accreditation process. The team leader has successfully demonstrated an effective and innovative approach associated with obtaining the highest quality of federal law enforcement training. The FLETA Team Leader Recognition Award is intended as an individual annual award; however, multiple candidates may be considered by the Board.

The FLETA Board is the accrediting body for all federal law enforcement training and support programs. To achieve accreditation, agencies submit to an independent review of their academy and/or program to ensure compliance with the FLETA Standards and Procedures in the areas of Program Administration, Training Staff, Training Development, and Training Delivery, with an additional 20 standards for Academies. Accreditation is a cyclical process occurring every five years. Each year agencies must submit annual reports in preparation for reaccreditation, which is a new and independent review of the academy/program.