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The Presidential Commission Report from 1967, The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society, and a follow-up report from 1998, The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society: Looking Back, Looking Forward, contained recommendations to increase professionalism and standardization of training. In a report to Congress in 2000, the Commission on Advancement of Federal Law Enforcement reiterated and reinforced the need to develop and implement training standards. The Commission made it abundantly clear that core training in law enforcement functions, certification of the adequacy of training programs, and accreditation of agencies are all essential to maintaining public confidence in the professionalism of federal agents and officers.

A task force of key training leaders from principal federal and state law enforcement agencies began to collaboratively conduct research to establish a premier training accreditation model in an effort to increase the professionalism of federal law enforcement training in 2000. Federal law enforcement training professionals established standards and procedures to evaluate the training academies and training programs used to train federal law enforcement agents and officers. The intent was to develop an independent accreditation process that provides law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards and receive appropriate recognition. This independent accreditation process has been developed and named the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA).

The accreditation of a federal law enforcement academy or training program provides assurance to the citizens they serve that the agency has voluntarily submitted to a process of self-regulation and successfully achieved compliance with a set of standards that has been collectively established by their peers within their professional community. A high degree of public confidence in the competence and professionalism of federal agents and officers is an important outcome of this process. The focus of the effort is to accredit federal entry-level and advanced/specialized training programs, instructor training, and other programs that affect federal, state, and local law enforcement officers.

FLETA accreditation provides a framework of standards that promote the effective and efficient use of resources for federal law enforcement training. The intent of the FLETA process is to support agency development of a specific program or academy. FLETA’s accreditation process will foster consistency in our basic law enforcement training and ensure compliance with the accreditation process to instill public confidence in the United States Army Military Police School (USAMPS). DoDI 5525.15, Law Enforcement Standards and Training in the DoD, states all DoD academies for basic level law enforcement training will be certified and accredited by FLETA.

USAMPS holds the following FLETA accreditations:

Academy/Program                                                          Initial                    Reaccred             Reaccred

U.S. Army Military Police School                                 Apr 2010              Apr 2013              Apr 2017

DA Civilian Police Academy                                          Apr 2010              Apr 2013              Apr 2017

CID Special Agent Course                                             Apr 2011              Nov 2014

MP One Station Unit Training                                     Apr 2011              Nov 2014

Special Victims Unit Investigations Course               Apr 2013              Apr 2018

Staff and Faculty Development Course                     Apr 2013              Apr 2018

MP Basic Officer Leaders Course                                Apr 2018