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FLETC receives Academy Accreditation

For Immediate Release
March 22, 2006

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board of Directors
awarded Academy Accreditation to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
(FLETC) in a ceremony on March 23 in Tysons Corner, Va.

“This accreditation speaks of our quality and elevates the status of FLETC
training," said FLETC Director Connie Patrick.  "This recognition would not be
possible without the tireless work of our staff who trains those who protect our
homeland.”  Ms. Patrick went on to emphasize the importance Secretary Michael
Chertoff, the Administration, and FLETC’s Partner Organizations place on quality
law enforcement training.

Accreditation is a process that has been used within the United States for
more than 200 years as a proven method for assisting hospitals, schools, and
other institutions in the evaluation and improvement of their overall
performance and effectiveness. More recently, it has become a practice in state
and local law enforcement. In response to concerns regarding the ability of
federal law enforcement to carry out the missions of their respective
organizations, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) provided funding
to establish the Office of Accreditation and develop standards and an
accreditation process for Federal law enforcement training. The standards for
FLETA Accreditation were established by a core group of training professionals
from Federal agencies and approved by the FLETA Board of Directors in March of

 “Through the Accreditation process, FLETC has established its agency’s
commitment to quality, effectiveness and integrity,” said FLETA Chairperson
Sharon Henegan.  “We congratulate FLETC on this accomplishment.” 

To maintain their accreditation status, FLETC is required to submit annual
reports to the FLETA Board, and participate in a Re-Accreditation process every
three years.

FLETC is an interagency training facility for the officers and agents from
more than 80 law enforcement organizations, and trained approximately 50,000
students last fiscal year.