The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce it granted reaccreditation status to the U. S. Secret Service (USSS), Emergency Response Team (ERT) Tactical Canine Course and to the Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) Course at the November 8, 2018 meeting in Glynco, GA.
The purpose of the ERT Canine Course is to train handlers and canines to assist in the detection, disruption, and apprehension/capture of a human threat while working in a protective environment. Teams work on basic skills in the field, then advance to dynamic indoor/outdoor training culminating in scenario-based training over the course of the program. The course is 55 instructional days and consists of 440 hours of instruction. The average number of students per iteration of the program is two to six.
The purpose of the EDC Course is to train handlers and canines to work as a team in the detection of explosive vapors in all protective environments. Teams work on basic skills in the field and in a multitude of operational search environments. The course is 85 instructional days and consists of 136 hours of instruction. The average number of students per iteration of the program is four to eight.
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, Training Delivery, and Distance Learning. 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.