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Alternative FLETA Assessments Monthly Workshop

For Immediate Release
Christiana Halsey and Jennifer Kasper delivering the online workshop

September 1, 2020 – The FLETA Office of Accreditation (OA) delivered a monthly workshop on Alternative FLETA Assessments using the technologies that will support the upcoming FLETA Board Meeting. Fifty-eight members of the FLETA community called in to a conference line and/or logged on to one of two platforms, Microsoft Teams or Adobe Connect. This was the first time the FLETA OA used all three delivery methods to support a workshop.

The OA began the meeting by discussing the Board Review Committees (BRC), technology for presenters and options for observers, and the Board Meeting schedule. The second topic during the workshop was the need for FLETA assessors during the October 2020 through February 2021 timeframe. Team leaders, assessors, and OJT assessors will be sent an updated schedule and all are encouraged to volunteer. The OA Executive Director will waive the Online Assessor Refresher training requirement for all who participate in a FLETA assessment during this timeframe. The final topic focused on alternative FLETA assessments. The OA discussed the formats/methods for conducting alternative assessments, technology used to support alternative assessments, new and revised templates and forms, and some tips and model practices that have been used by the initial teams when performing alternative assessments.

The Board Review Committees (BRC) and Board Meeting will be completely virtual. The BRCs will take place October 26 – 29, 2020. The Board will run one BRC a day for those four days. The OA will distribute the schedule with specific details about signing in, etc. to the Board, Team Leaders, and Accreditation Managers (AM). Accreditation Managers: Please forward this email to anyone who will be presenting and/or part of the Q & A session during the assigned BRC date/time(s).

All audio interactions for the BRCs will be conducted via a conference line. Any visual agency presentations (ex: Power Points or Screen Shares) will be handled through Adobe Connect or Microsoft Teams. Members of the FLETA community not presenting may listen and see the presentations through Adobe Connect or Microsoft Teams, or may use the conference line for audio, if needed.

Unlike past meetings, the first two days of the formal Board meeting will not include any community involvement. We will not have training that week or other activities, beyond the Board conducting their business on November 3 and 4. The only other community participation will be the actual Board Meeting itself on the morning of November 5 (9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST - estimate). More information and details regarding links and conference bridges will be distributed to the FLETA community as we get closer to the meeting.

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: Administration, Training Staff, Training Development, and Training Delivery. 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.