Located within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) is the largest law enforcement training center in the country. It provides teaching and vocational instruction to a wide range of law enforcement and security personnel at the federal, state and local government level. Demand for FLETC’s services has risen dramatically in the wake of 9/11, prompting the center’s leadership to add a dozen new programs to combat terrorism.
During the late 1960s, law enforcement studies indicated it was time for the federal government to establish a centralized training program for federal law enforcement officers and agents. With no such center in place, the quality of training varied from agency to agency, thanks to inadequate facilities and duplication of effortcaused by each agency independently training its own personnel. Congress then acted to create for the first time a program that would address the training needs of all federal law enforcement operations.
FLETC Struggling with Demand in post-9/11 World