Personal tools
You are here: Home About FLETC Locations Cheltenham
Document Actions

Cheltenham

Up one level Cheltenham Entrance

For many years, Federal law enforcement organizations in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area found it difficult to maintain perishable shooting and vehicle operations skills due to a severe shortage of adequate training facilities. In 2000, Congress enacted Public Law 106-346 directing the FLETC “to establish and operate a metropolitan area law enforcement training center for the Department of the Treasury, other Federal agencies, the United States Capitol Police, and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department,” as well as “training for other State and local law enforcement agencies on a space-available basis.” The principal function of the center is for firearms and vehicle operations requalifications and other continuing professional training.

Since 1970, FLETC has served as the Federal Government's leader in, and provider of, world-class law enforcement training. The Cheltenham training facility continues the FLETC tradition of excellence by providing experienced law enforcement officers relevant, value-added, world-class training with top-rated instructors, course materials, and facilities. The 372-acre Cheltenham, Maryland facility is located 15 miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and offers over 24,500 law enforcement officers, from over 76 agencies in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, the opportunity to maintain their firearms and vehicle operations skills, as well as, broaden and formalize their knowledge and skills associated with contemporary law enforcement responsibilities.

We, at Cheltenham, are committed to providing the highest quality training in the most cost effective manner, which achieves our common goal of maintaining the public's confidence in law enforcement integrity, professionalism, and accountability.

During 2000, Congress directed the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) to locate suitable properties within the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area to be used for firearms requalification and pursuit driver training programs for area law enforcement officers.  Subsequently, the former U.S. Naval Communications Detachment at Cheltenham, Maryland was located for this purpose and on May 10, 2001, GSA transferred the site to the Department of the Treasury, FLETC.

While serving as a U.S. Navy communications station from 1938 to 1998, the Naval Communications Detachment at Cheltenham, Maryland was a critical participant in several important events in US history, including the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. FLETC Cheltenham carries on this rich tradition of serving our nation.

History

During 2000, Congress directed the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) to locate suitable properties within the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area to be used for firearms requalification and pursuit driver training programs for area law enforcement officers.  Subsequently, the former U.S. Naval Communications Detachment at Cheltenham, Maryland was located for this purpose and on May 10, 2001, GSA transferred the site to the Department of the Treasury, FLETC.

Cheltenham History 2

While serving as a U.S. Navy communications station from 1938 to 1998, the Naval Communications Detachment at Cheltenham, Maryland was a critical participant in several important events in US history, including the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. FLETC Cheltenham carries on this rich tradition of serving our nation.

Facilities

  • Large indoor firing range (151,605 square feet, 108 firing points, four 25-yard ranges, two 50-yard ranges & one 100-yard range).
  • 2.2 mile driver training ranges, including skid control, NEVO, highway response and urban grid.
  • Multi-purpose classrooms for leadership and management training.
  • Partner agencies office space.
  • Video teleconferencing.
  • Computer laboratories.
  • Firearms simulators.
  • Driver training simulators.
  • Over 400 acres available for scenario-based exercises, crowd control drills, canine operations, etc.

Contact Information

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
9000 Commo Road STOP 4000
Cheltenham, Maryland 20588-4000

Phone: 301-868-5830
E-mail: fletc-webmasterche@dhs.gov
Main Fax: 301-868-6549

Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Emergency Contact

Directions and Additional Info

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce
Cheltenham History
Cheltenham Maps and Directions
Cheltenham Scheduling Information
Cheltenham Student Information Bulletin
Cheltenham Training Programs
Cheltenham Weather Information
Forms and Documents

This page contains links to some PDF files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.