For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today traveled to Glynco, Georgia to visit the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) headquarters. She was joined by FLETC Director Thomas Walters and Deputy Director William Fallon.
Acting Secretary Duke received an operational briefing and tour of the FLETC facilities. She observed training programs, including basic tactics exercises, a tactical medical training demonstration, and Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) ChipOff for Smartphones Training, which teaches techniques for the acquisition and analysis of mobile devices. Acting Secretary Duke also observed the Uniformed Police Training Program Active Threat Response Tactics and received information on the weapons used by DHS trainees and officers.
“The trainings offered at FLETC prepare America’s law enforcement officers for the diverse challenges they will face in the field,” said Acting Secretary Duke. “I appreciated the opportunity to participate in training exercises and meet with current officers, as well as trainees. Their work is critical to protecting our homeland.”
Acting Secretary Duke had lunch with Director Walters, Deputy Director Fallon, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) trainees to hear about their experiences at FLETC firsthand.
Director Walters said, “It was our honor to host Acting Secretary Duke at FLETC today. We are grateful for her outstanding leadership of our Department, commitment to our law enforcement training mission, and eagerness to engage with the FLETC community.”
While at FLETC, Acting Secretary Duke also toured a Port of Entry training venue used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and an Intermodal Transportation Check Site. She was briefed on the damage caused by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma and surveyed the damage.
FLETC trains the majority of federal law enforcement officers and agents in the United States. In addition to providing training for over 90 federal partner organizations, FLETC provides training to state, local, tribal, and international police in specialized and advanced programs, graduating more than 70,000 students annually. FLETC is the largest law enforcement training organization in the country.
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