FLETC Office of Cheltenham Operations Overview
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.” Over the years the training provided at the FLETC Office of Cheltenham Operations (OCH) has expanded to include a variety of advanced and agency specific training classes to those same customers. The principal mission of the center is to deliver firearms and vehicle operations requalifications and other continuing professional training.
Since 1970, the FLETC has served as the Federal Government's leader in, and provider of, world-class law enforcement training. The OCH 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 225-acre Cheltenham, Maryland facility is located 15 miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and offers approximately 20,000 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 OCH, 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.
Although we are here to provide refresher and qualification training to agencies in the NCR, three agencies have their academies located on the OCH and are daily fixtures in training: the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), and the Prince Georges County Fire Department. In addition to providing a large volume of in-service training for field personnel at their respective academies, the USCP and PFPA train all new hires headed to
Glynco for the UPTP prior to departure and upon graduation. Although USCP and PFPA (among other agencies) are significant customers, the largest user of the OCH continues to be the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, D.C. The MPD occupies a 24-point range all day, every day.
- 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.