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FLETA Board Grants Reaccreditation to the DEA BIRS

For Immediate Release

FLETA Board Grants Reaccreditation to the DEA BIRS

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce it granted reaccreditation status to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Basic Intelligence Research Specialist (BIRS) Training Program at the November 16, 2023, meeting.

The purpose of the BIRS is to train students to perform duties as an Intelligence Research Specialist. The primary functions of an Intelligence Research Specialist are to collect, collate, evaluate, analyze, and disseminate all available information on a particular operation, investigation, organization, drug-related issues, program, or project in support of DEA’s mission. The program is a 10-week training program. The average number of students per iteration of the program is 30.

The FLETA Board is the accrediting body for all federal law enforcement training and support programs. To achieve accreditation, training organizations submit to an independent review of their program and/or academy 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, training organizations must submit annual reports in preparation for reaccreditation, which is a new and independent review of the program/academy.