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Thomas J. Walters

Director, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

 

Thomas Jeremiah Walters, Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, leads the consortium of Federal law enforcement organizations that prepare America’s federal law enforcement professionals to perform their duties across the Nation and around the globe.  

The Centers support the training needs of 95 Federal law enforcement clients. This includes providing 100 per cent of the training systems, training infrastructure, training programs, training products, training expertise and training services required to train 70,000 Federal, state, local, tribal, and international law enforcement students each year.

Director Walters’ 40-year career in Federal law enforcement includes service as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Border Patrol instructor, supervisory Patrol agent, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, and Chief Patrol agent. He successfully completed the first U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) training session, and served for over a decade as a BORTAC team member, team supervisor, unit manager, and unit leader during the unit’s domestic and foreign operations.  In 2004, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection selected Director Walters as the first SES Assistant Commissioner for CBP’s Office of Training and Development. As a member of CBP’s national leadership team, Director Walters also served as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner and acting Assistant Commissioner for CBP’s Office of Public Affairs.

Director Walters retired from CBP in 2014 to operate his own border security consulting business before being selected by the Secretary of Homeland Security in October of 2017 as the Centers’ sixth Director.

Mr. Walters is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, and holds a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University, National War College.