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The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) serves as an interagency law enforcement training organization for 83 Federal agencies with personnel located throughout the United States and its territories. The Center also provides services to state, local, and international law enforcement agencies, and on a space available basis, other Federal agencies with related law enforcement missions.
The Center is headquartered at Glynco, Ga., near the port city of Brunswick, halfway between Savannah, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to Glynco, FLETC operates a sister facility in Artesia, N.M. FLETC provides support to the U.S. Border Patrol at a site in Charleston, S.C., that is now a part of the Department of Homeland Security. Each of these facilities are designed primarily for residential training operations. A fourth training facility is under development in Cheltenham, Md., and will be used principally for in-service and re-qualification training for officers and agents in the Washington, D.C., area.
Limited export training is conducted at other locations. This delivery method is used when the programs being conducted do not require the use of certain specialized facilities and when a geographical concentration of personnel can be identified.
A majority of the Center's Partner Organizations have transferred portions or all of their law enforcement training operations to one of FLETC's residential sites. These training offices and academies coordinate the training activities of their personnel and to conduct advanced and agency-specific training programs.
Consolidation of law enforcement training permits the Federal Government to emphasize training excellence and cost-effectiveness. Professional instruction and practical application provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the demanding challenges of a Federal law enforcement career. Personnel learn not only the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer, but through interaction with students from many other agencies, they also become acquainted with the missions and duties of their colleagues. This interaction provides the foundation for a more cooperative Federal law enforcement effort.
The Center's parent agency, the Department of the Homeland Security, supervises its administrative and financial activities. The FLETC Director serves under the authority of the Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security. The Director is assisted with operational oversight and execution in the management of the Center by a Deputy, Senior Associate Director for Washington Operations, and several Assistant Directors and their staff.
The FLETC's Partner Organizations have considerable input regarding training issues and operational and functional aspects of the Center. Representatives from these agencies take part in regular curriculum review and development conferences, and also participate in the development of FLETC policies and directives. This relationship is characteristic of a "true partnership," responsive to the training mission.
Training policy, programs, and standards are established by an interagency Board of Directors, comprised of eight members. They occupy positions at the Under Secretary, Assistant Secretary, or equivalent level and represent all agencies which have organizations participating in activities at the FLETC.
Currently, five members of the Board of Directors are voting members - one each from the Departments of Interior, Justice, Treasury, General Services Administration, and a two-year rotational member ? presently the Transportation Security Administration ? representing all other Partner Organizations. There also are three non-voting representatives from OPM, OMB, and U.S. Capitol Police Board. With the relocation of FLETC to the Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003 a realignment of the Board of Directors will be completed at a future date.
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