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 Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (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.
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