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lnternatonal Accreditations and Certifications : The Way Forward? An Evaluation of the Development Community’s Experience
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Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

he FLETC is an agency under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It was established by Treasury Order 217 in July 1970, for the purpose of providing consolidated Federal law enforcement training. Consolidation of lawenforcement training permits the FederalGovernment to emphasize training excellence and cost effectiveness. Professional instruction and practical application provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to meet the demanding challenges of a Federal law enforcement career. They learn not only the responsibilities of a lawenforcement officer, but through interaction with students from many other agencies, they also become acquainted with the missions and duties of their colleagues. This interaction provides the foundation for a more cooperative Federal law enforcement effort.

The FLETC provides basic and advanced law enforcement training to 96Federal Partner Organizations (POs), as well as to state, local, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies. Annually, the FLETC provides more than 300 different training programs at the four different trainingfacilities in: Artesia, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; Cheltenham, Maryland; and Glynco, Georgia. Additionally, the FLETC offers specialized training programs for state, local and international law enforcement personnel. These offerings are designed to meet training needs not generally available to state and local agencies and to enhance networking and cooperation throughout the law enforcement community, domestically, as well as, worldwide.

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Center for Development of Security Excellence, Background Investigations Training Division

The Background Investigations Training Division  is located in Slippery Rock, PA and provides background investigations training to DCSA Special Agents and Quality Reviewers.

The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) is an agency of the Department of Defense (DoD) located in Quantico, Virginia with field offices throughout the United States. The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence provides authority, direction and control over DCSA. DCSA provides the military services, Defense Agencies, 33 federal agencies and approximately 13,500 cleared contractor facilities with security support services.

DCSA contributes to national security by serving as an interface between the government and cleared industry. DCSA administers and implements the defense portion of the National Industrial Security Program pursuant to Executive Order 12829. DCSA Industrial Security personnel provide oversight and assistance to cleared contractor facilities and assist management and Facility Security Officers in ensuring the protection of U.S. and foreign classified information.

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INTERPOL is the International Criminal Police Organization, which is a global network of law enforcement agencies that works to facilitate cooperation and coordination among police forces around the world. INTERPOL provides a range of training and capacity development programs and services to its member countries, including:

  1. Training courses: INTERPOL offers a variety of in-person and online training courses on topics such as cybercrime, counterfeiting, terrorism, and more. These courses are designed to improve the skills and knowledge of law enforcement professionals and help them to better protect their communities.

  2. Capacity building: INTERPOL works to build the capacity of law enforcement agencies around the world through a range of initiatives, such as providing technical assistance, sharing best practices, and supporting the development of national police academies.

  3. Training materials and resources: INTERPOL maintains a library of training materials and resources on a variety of topics, which are available to member countries through its online platform, the INTERPOL Global Learning and Development Centre (IGLDC).

  4. Events and conferences: INTERPOL also organizes and hosts a range of events and conferences on topics related to law enforcement and capacity building, which provide opportunities for training and networking among law enforcement professionals.

Overall, INTERPOL's training and capacity development programs aim to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies around the world, and to help them better serve and protect their communities.

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The United Nations

The United Nations (UN) has a number of different programs and initiatives that provide training and capacity development for police and military personnel. Some examples include:

  1. The UN Peacekeeping Operations Training Programme (POTP): This program is managed by the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and aims to improve the capacity and effectiveness of peacekeeping missions through training and capacity development for military, police, and civilian personnel.

  2. The UN Police Division (UNPOL): This division of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) is responsible for the training and development of UN police officers, as well as providing advisory and technical assistance to member states in the area of policing.

  3. The UN Military Training Programme (UNMTP): This program is managed by the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and provides training and capacity development for military personnel who are involved in peacekeeping missions.

  4. The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR): This autonomous body within the UN system provides a range of training programs and services on a variety of topics, including peace and security, sustainable development, and climate change. UNITAR's mandate includes the transfer of knowledge and skills to policymakers and practitioners, and it has provided training to police and military personnel in the past.

These are just a few examples of the training and capacity development initiatives available for police and military personnel through the United Nations. There are likely to be other programs and initiatives available as well, depending on the specific needs and interests of the individuals seeking training.

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NATO, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is a military alliance of 30 countries in Europe and North America. NATO does not have an Academy in the same sense as other organizations. However, NATO does have a number of education and training programs and facilities that provide training and education for military personnel from NATO member countries.


One such facility is the NATO Defense College (NDC) in Rome, Italy, which is an international military staff college that provides education and training for military officers and civilian officials from NATO member countries. The NDC offers a range of courses, including the Senior Course, which is a year-long program designed for high-ranking military officers and civilian officials, and the Junior Course, which is a six-month program for mid-career military officers. The NDC also offers a number of specialized courses and seminars on a variety of topics, including strategic studies, security studies, and crisis management.


NATO also has a number of other education and training facilities, including the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, which provides a range of courses for military personnel from NATO member countries, and the NATO Communication and Information Systems School in Latina, Italy, which provides training in communication and information technology for military personnel from NATO member countries.


The formation of the NCI Academy provides NATO with a world-class training capability to maintain its technological edge. Our students will go on to protect and defend the Alliance's IT and communications systems within the air, land, maritime and cyber domains. We have also set a challenge for ourselves to train 10,000 cyber defenders for the Alliance, in only five years.


In total, the NCI Academy comprises around one hundred professional staff based in Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway.

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The FBI Academy

The FBI Academy is the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) law enforcement training and research center located in Quantico, Virginia. It is the FBI's premier training facility and serves as a center of excellence for law enforcement training and education. The Academy provides a variety of training programs for FBI agents, intelligence analysts, and other law enforcement personnel, as well as training for foreign law enforcement officers. The Training Division of the FBI Academy is responsible for developing and delivering these training programs.

The Training Division offers a range of training programs, including the basic training program for new FBI agents, specialized training programs for experienced agents, and advanced leadership training for senior executives. The Academy also houses a number of research and development programs, including the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, which helps to identify trends and patterns in criminal activity.

In addition to training and research, the FBI Academy also serves as a conference center and hosts a number of events and meetings for law enforcement agencies from around the world. The Academy is located on the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, and is home to a number of facilities, including classrooms, labs, shooting ranges, and other training facilities.

VA Law Enforcement Training Center

The VA Law Enforcement Training Center provides high quality law enforcement training for those men and women who protect the veterans, staff, visitors, and infrastructure on Department of Veterans Affairs property, as well as that of other government agencies policing parks, military installations and other limited jurisdictions.

As the sole federal government provider of a unique law enforcement training program, we provide world-class law enforcement training for more than 2000 officers per year. Our training focuses on an approach which emphasizes cutting edge techniques to enhance the officer's ability to control disruptive or aggressive behavior; a concept which enhances the safety of the officer, subject and others. This training is suitable for health care facilities, military installations, parks, museums, and other federal special mission or limited jurisdiction settings.

We prepare new and experienced law enforcement professionals to fulfill their responsibilities in a safe manner and at the highest level of proficiency. This is assured through a systematic approach to training which integrates critical skill and knowledge areas into holistic training programs tailored to our customers' needs. We also ensure that training is provided in the most cost-effective manner by taking advantage of economies of scale available only from a consolidated law enforcement training organization.

Law enforcement's primary function is to protect people and property. VA police officers are expected to confront violence, crime, and tragedy, with skill and courage, often in the face of great personal danger. Their skill, sensitivity, and ethics largely depend on the quality of their training. The LETC provides the training, leadership and management skills to ensure the highest level of safety and security

We offer our customers a diverse selection of courses for the training and education of their workforce. As a business partner with our customers we are committed to providing strong and collaborative leadership for the law enforcement training community.

International Accreditations and Certifications : The Way Forward? An Evaluation of the Development Community’s Experience


As we are representatives of the International Police Organization Academy, we are writing to extend a recommendation to the aforementioned government and non-government organizations as potential partners in our ongoing efforts to improve law enforcement and military operations, as well as promote public safety.


The International Police Organization Academy has a steadfast commitment to fostering international cooperation in law enforcement and supporting member countries' endeavors to combat crime and terrorism. We recognize that the aforementioned government bodies have demonstrated a strong dedication to these shared objectives, and we would be honored to collaborate with you in achieving these critical goals.


We firmly believe that the government and non-government organizations mentioned above could make a significant contribution to our efforts to enhance training and education in law enforcement. Our organization provides a comprehensive range of educational programs and training courses tailored to equip law enforcement professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in today's ever-changing environment. It would be our pleasure to work with you to offer these programs to law enforcement professionals within your jurisdiction.


Furthermore, we are impressed by the excellent work that the aforementioned organizations have accomplished in the areas of crime prevention and community policing. These are top priorities for our Academy, and we are confident that our partnership can facilitate progress in these critical areas.


In conclusion, we believe that the aforementioned government and non-government organizations would be a valuable asset to our organization, and we would be delighted to welcome you as a member and accrediters







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