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Faces of Homeland Security: Joseph Silva

Joseph Silva, FLETC

Senior Instructor, FLETC
Artesia, N.M.

Since 2007, Joe Silva has provided law enforcement training to students as a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Artesia, N.M. Working with Border Patrol agents, Federal Air Marshals, and Federal Flight Deck Officers, he provides training in defensive techniques and life-saving skills.

During a six-week assignment as a class coordinator at the FLETC-managed International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Gaborone, Botswana, Silva helped save the lives of class attendees. When a lightning strike caused one of the student hostels to erupt in flames, Silva entered the burning building and evacuated twelve students to safety. In addition to receiving the FLETC Director’s Lifesaving award, Silva was also recognized by the Botswana Government for his heroism.

Silva began his career as a military police officer in the U.S. Army, receiving the Bronze Star for his service as a team leader during Operation Desert Storm. Following his military career, he worked as a law enforcement officer for both the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he received the agency’s “Unsung Heroes” award for his contributions.

FLETC is an interagency law enforcement training organization for 90 Federal agencies, providing standardized training to support a unified homeland security effort. FLETC also provides services to state, local, tribal, and international law enforcement agencies.

Since its inception in 1970, FLETC has trained nearly 940,000 law enforcement officers and agents in skills including fingerprinting, tracking financial transactions, counterterrorism tactics, securing a building and searching a crime scene.

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