Director Connie Patrick was selected as the fifth Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in July 2002. Previously, Patrick spent over six years in various FLETC Associate Director positions. She provides oversight for the training of the majority of federal officers and agents. The FLETC serves as an interagency law enforcement training organization for 90 Federal agencies. The FLETC also provides services to state, local, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies.
The FLETC is headquartered at Glynco, Ga., near the port city of Brunswick, halfway between Savannah, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to Glynco, the FLETC operates two other residential training sites in Artesia, N.M., and Charleston, S.C. The FLETC also operates a non-residential in-service requalification and advanced training facility in Cheltenham, Md., for use by agencies with large concentrations of personnel in the Washington, D.C., area.
The FLETC has oversight and program management responsibilities at the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA) in Gaborone, Botswana, and Bangkok, Thailand. The FLETC also supports training at other ILEAs in Hungary and El Salvador.
Prior to her appointment at the FLETC, Patrick completed a distinguished 20-year sworn law enforcement career in Florida, starting in 1976 as a deputy sheriff with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. She served in uniform patrol, vice and narcotics, homicide, and intelligence. In 1981, Patrick became a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), which investigates protracted multijurisdictional organized crime in the State of Florida. She was promoted to Special Agent Supervisor; Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa Regional Operations Bureau; Special Agent in Charge of the FDLE Intelligence and Investigative Support Bureau; Director of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute in Tallahassee; and retired as Director of the Division of Human Resources and Training.
Patrick is active in the community and serves as an advisor to the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation. She is a member of the INTERPOL Group of Experts on Police Training (IGEPT). Patrick also served as past Chairperson of the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee.
Patrick has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award and the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the government’s highest Civil Service awards. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.