The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation, FLETA, board is the accrediting body for all federal law enforcement training and support programs. To achieve accreditation, law enforcement agencies must submit to an independent review of their academy or program to ensure compliance with the FLETA standards and procedures in the areas of program administration, training staff, training development and training delivery, with an additional 20 standards for academies. Each year agencies must submit annual reports in preparation for reaccreditation, which is a new and independent review of the academy or program.
On April 16, 2015, the FLETA board presented the FLETA Agency Leadership Award to the commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy.
The award was presented to the unit for their support and contributions to the overall FLETA mission as well as demonstrating the highest standards associated with the advancement of the federal law enforcement training mission. The evaluation criteria and selection process for the FLETA Agency Leadership Recognition Award are specifically intended to identify leaders worthy of distinguished recognition.
“This is only the second time the FLETA Board has bestowed this honor,” said Brian Peters, FLETA board chairperson. “Since the earliest days of FLETA, the Coast Guard has been a stalwart champion of the FLETA process, the board, and the office of accreditation. The Coast Guard has consistently demonstrated the highest standards associated with the advancement of the federal law enforcement training mission. The FLETA Board commends and thanks the personnel at the MLEA for the continued leadership and support of the FLETA vision and mission.”
Established in November 2004 at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, S.C., the MLEA prepares Coast Guard personnel to perform as maritime law enforcement officers. Additionally, instructors enhance the skills of students from fellow federal, state and local agencies, as well as the international community. The MLEA staff accomplishes this through the delivery of high quality training that provides the knowledge and skills necessary for graduates to perform in a safe, legal and professional manner. They also develop, maintain, and make readily available up-to-date training material that supports the standardization and professionalism of the Coast Guard’s entire maritime law enforcement training system.
Since 2006, the MLEA has been active throughout the FLETA process. Their contributions include demonstrating excellence in sharing model practices with other FLETA members. In particular, MLEA’s training risk assessment, analysis process and instructor feedback forms have been used as the benchmark for other agencies’ training programs.
“This recognition is a team effort,” said Capt. Thomas Walsh, commanding officer, MLEA. “We couldn’t have received this without the tremendous dedication our members have shown. I’m truly proud of this unit and all their hard work.”