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FLETC-Glynco Honors Fallen Officers
In preparation for the Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony on May 29, FLETC-Glynco will honor a fallen Federal Law Enforcement Officer each day. Each of those recognized have attended a FLETC basic training program and lost their lives in 2012. These seven individuals will have their names engraved on the FLETC Graduate Memorial. - The Editor
Jeffrey Ramirez, CBP-OBP
On Saturday, September 15, Border Patrol Agent Jeffrey Ramirez of the Hebbronville Station died in the line of duty as a result of a heat-related illness incurred during training. Agent Ramirez had been hospitalized in Laredo, Texas since the onset of the heat-related illness on August 22, 2012. Agent Ramirez was 25 years old at the time of his death and leaves behind his parents, sister, brothers, son, and girlfriend. One of his brothers is also a Border Patrol Agent.
Agent Ramirez entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol on September 1, 2008 as a member of Border Patrol Academy Class 810. Following graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to the Hebbronville Station in the Laredo Sector.
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) mission is “We train those who protect our homeland.” To carry out this mission, the FLETC serves as an interagency law enforcement training organization for 91 federal agencies or Partner Organizations. The FLETC also provides training to state, local, rural, tribal, territorial, and international law enforcement agencies. During FY 2012, almost 70,000 students received FLETC training. Since it was established in 1970, approximately 1,000,000 law enforcement officers and agents have been trained at FLETC. Although the FLETC trains officers and agents from all federal departments and all three branches of government, it is a component of the Department of Homeland Security.
As an interagency training organization, the FLETC has the finest professionals from diverse backgrounds serving as faculty and staff. Approximately one-third of the instructor staff are permanent FLETC employees. The remainder of the cadre is comprised of federal officers and investigators who are on short-term assignments from their parent organizations or who recently retired from the field. This mix of permanent, detailed, and recently retired staff provides an appropriate balance of training expertise, recent operational experience, and fresh insight from the field.
The FLETC is headquartered at Glynco, Ga., near the port city of Brunswick, halfway between Savannah, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to Glynco, the FLETC operates other residential training centers in Artesia, N.M., and Charleston, S.C. The FLETC also conducts training at a non-residential facility in Cheltenham, Md. The Cheltenham center is primarily intended for use by agencies with large concentrations of personnel in the Washington, D.C., area. The FLETC maintains an office in Orlando, Fla., which provides a gateway to the technology and training expertise within a nationally recognized hub for simulation and training.
Since 1995, the FLETC has participated in the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Program. Over the years, academies have been established in Hungary, Thailand, Botswana, and El Salvador. The FLETC contributes academic, program, and operational support to the ILEAs, including instructors for the ILEA’s core and specialized programs, and the Director at ILEA Gaborone and the Deputy Director at ILEA Bangkok.