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Charleston Student Handbook


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Welcome to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)! Whether you are here for basic training in one of our flagship programs, professional development in one of our advanced programs, or an agency-specific program, we look forward to providing you with a first-rate experience. I am confident you will find talented instructors, dedicated staff, and a culture committed to providing the very best preparation for those who have chosen careers in service to the public and our Nation.

FLETC, a component of the Department of Homeland Security, conducts basic and advanced law enforcement training for more than 90 federal agencies and for thousands of state, local, tribal, and international law enforcement personnel.  FLETC was founded over 45 years ago on the premise that consolidated federal law enforcement training best serves the taxpayer and the Nation's law enforcement officers and agents. Under FLETC's consolidated training model, agencies maintain the flexibility to provide specialized training unique to their missions, while FLETC provides training in areas common to all law enforcement officers, such as firearms, driving, tactics, and investigations. Not only does this create cost efficiencies for the Federal Government, but it gives students the opportunity to train side-by-side with officers and agents from other agencies, instilling collaborative mindsets and facilitating future interoperability.

The Student Handbook provides important information about safety, resources, services, activities, policies, and support available to you while at FLETC. If you need additional assistance, your assigned class coordinator or program specialist is an excellent resource.

I am personally committed to ensuring that FLETC's training provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to carry out your responsibilities and to remain safe. I encourage you to leverage your instructors' experience, learn from your fellow students, and engage in lifelong learning.

Thank you for your commitment to protecting our homeland, and I wish you the best of luck in your training and your career.


Thomas J. Walters
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers