The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce it granted reaccreditation status to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC) and initial accreditation status to the VA LETC Firearms Instructor Course (FAI) at the November 5, 2020 meeting.
The purpose of the LETC is to provide high quality law enforcement training for those men and women who protect the veterans, staff, visitors, and infrastructure on Department of Veterans Affairs property, as well as that of other government agencies with limited jurisdictions. Each course is designed to provide students the training necessary to meet and exceed their needs. The LETC employs roughly 80 employees who are supported by a Director, Deputy Director, Division Chiefs, Leads, Program Managers, Instructors, and Administrative Staff. The LETC provides training for over 7,200 federal employees annually through two basic courses and 40 different advanced courses.
The purpose of the FAI is to meet the needs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, by introducing the students to the concept and principles of use of force policy, and techniques required to safely operate a range and conduct basic firearms training. This course is designed to prepare a cadre of highly-skilled instructors capable of developing and presenting effective training at their stations. The FAI is 10 instructional days and consists of 80 hours of instruction. 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, 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 Academy/Program 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.