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House Passes Carter Legislation to Reauthorize the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

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Washington, December 8, 2015 | Mary Carpenter (202-834-0386) | comments

The United States House of Representatives today passed Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter’s (Ga-01) Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Reform and Improvement Act. The legislation would reauthorize the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) located in Brunswick, Georgia and codify essential directives into law.

“FLETC is the preeminent facility for law enforcement training in the United States,” Carter said. “While FLETC has provided topnotch training since its creation in the 1970’s, Congress has failed to provide FLETC with a reauthorization. There are several authorities within the Office of the Director that were instituted over the last forty years after the original authorization that need to be codified into law so FLETC can continue to provide the highest quality and most cost effective training possible.”

H.R. 3842, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Reform and Improvement Act, will now be considered by the United States Senate. Full text of the legislation as introduced can be found here.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, located in Brunswick, Georgia, provides security training for the Department of Homeland Security and 91 federal partner organizations, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies. Last year, FLETC trained 58,666 students and is projected to train more than 70,000 students this year.

FLETC is responsible for an economic impact in the surrounding five counties of more than $313 million. Statewide, that number jumps to more than $975 million. At any given time, FLETC provides training to 3,000 students and employs more than 3,000 Georgians.

Since the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center was created in the 1970’s, Congress has never reauthorized the center.

Carter represents Brunswick, Georgia, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in the United States House of Representatives. 

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