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>          ©1997, WorldNetDaily.com
>                            September 02, 1997
>          National police force
>          in training?
>          Inside the center that’s creating
>          a federal law enforcement ‘family’
>          By Joseph Farah
>          ©1997, WorldNetDaily.com
>          The two federal police agents wearing body armor, one
>          male and one female, entered the store, Glock 19 9mm
>          semi-automatics holstered, to serve a subpoena to the
>          owner, a potential witness in a felony case.
>          It seemed like a routine matter. The owner accepted
>          the summons without protest as he was locking up his
>          store. A friend of the owner came by to ask him to go
>          fishing. But just as everyone was about to leave,
>          gunshots rang out across the street as another store
>          owner attempted to ward off an armed robber.
>          As the gunbattle between the shopkeeper and the robber
>          spilled out into the street, the federal agents
>          subdued the suspect, disarmed the shopkeeper and
>          successfully protected the innocent bystanders caught
>          in the crossfire. There were high-fives all around.
>          Mission accomplished. No one hurt. Bad guy
>          apprehended.
>          An FBI case file? A TV action show script? No. This
>          was a training simulation of the kind thousands of
>          agents go through every year at the 1,500-acre site of
>          the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco,
>          Georgia. The cops, in this case, weren’t agents of the
>            [Federal Law Enforcement Training Center] FBI,
>                                                      Bureau of
>                                                      Alcohol,
>          Tobacco and Firearms, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals
>          Office or any other federal law enforcement agency
>          typically associated with street shootouts. Instead,
>          they were two of 200 agents of the Environmental
>          Protection Agency, charged specifically with
>          investigating “environmental crimes,” but trained in a
>          state-of-the-art facility and equipped with an arsenal
>          capable of deadly force, to deal with virtually any
>          other crisis situation that might arise.
>          The FLETC training center is the hub of an effort to
>          train thousands of new federal law enforcement
>          officers in dozens of agencies and upgrade their
>          firepower with modern, high-capacity, semi-automatic
>          weapons. It is also the central networking agency for
>          a growing standing army of federal police forces -- an
>          army now numbering around 60,000, according to the
>          best information publicly available from U.S.
>          government sources.
>          “In the past 10 years, the FLETC has experienced a
>          phenomenal growth in the number of students it trains
>          and the range of instruction it offers,” explains a
>          brochure prepared by the center.
>          To put the growth of federal police agencies in
>          context, FLETC graduated 848 students in 1970. By
>          1976, the number of graduates rose to 5,152. Last
>          year, the center graduated 18,849 students. In 1997,
>          projections for the graduating class currently stand
>          at 25,077. Since 1970, 325,000 students have gone
>          through the program.
>          “As a graphic example of the growth experienced by the
>          center, in just two years -- 1989 and 1990 -- more
>          students graduated from the center than in its first
>          10 years,” boasts FLETC promotional material.
>          While the center also trains some local, state and
>          even international police agents, it does not train
>          the federal government’s largest police force, the
>          FBI, which maintains its own training center at
>          Quantico, Virginia. FLETC is expecting even more
>          growth for the near future -- most of it training
>          federal police in at least 70 different agencies, from
>          the Border Patrol to National Aeronautics and Space
>          Administration to the Small Business Administration.
>          “Recent administration and congressional initiatives
>          and enhanced security concerns in the wake of the
>          tragic Oklahoma City bombing incident have resulted in
>          an unprecedented demand for training,” an official
>          FLETC document reveals. “Participating agencies are
>          projecting they will need to train almost 79,000
>          students totaling more than 350,000 student weeks of
>          training over the next three years. “
>          The surge in training federal law enforcement agents
>          has forced the center to open up two new facilities --
>          one permanent site in Artesia, New Mexico, near
>          Roswell, and another temporary site at a former naval
>          base in Charleston, South Carolina. Civil libertarians
>          concerned about the growth of a federal police force
>          will derive no comfort from other promotional
>          literature produced by the center.
>          “A dimension of quality, which is also a function of
>          consolidated training, is the comingling of students
>          from many agencies and the networking and interagency
>          cooperation it fosters,” the document reads. “While
>          difficult to quantify, the resulting sense of a
>          federal law enforcement ‘family’ begins to mitigate
>          traditional turf issues which would be heightened in a
>          separated training environment.”
>          FLETC operates under the authority of the U.S.
>          Treasury Department and is one of the fastest growing
>          agencies within that department. In 1975, the center,
>          with its staff of 39 employees, moved from Washington,
>          D.C., to Glynco. Today the center has an authorized
>          staff of 487 and an adjunct staff of 96 detailed from
>          participating agencies. The on-site participating
>          agencies, numbering 20, also have staffs exceeding
>          592.
>          In 1970, the departments of the Treasury, Interior,
>          Justice, the U.S. Civil Service Commission, the
>          Smithsonian Institution, the Office of Management and
>          Budget and the U.S. Postal Service -- agencies that
>          comprised the bulk of the federal government’s law
>          enforcement activity -- signed a memorandum of
>          understanding to create FLETC. It was established by
>          Treasury Order 217 on March 2 of that year. The
>          original signatories represented the first clients of
>          the training center. That base has now expanded to at
>          least 70 federal agencies.
>          While the increases in armed federal police agents
>          have been most dramatic during the Clinton
>          administration years, FLETC Director Charles F.
>          Rinkevich takes pride in pointing out the “strong
>          commitment” the consolidation efforts have received
>          from Congress.
>          Since 1989, Congress has approved $53 million in
>          support of the $121.4 million goal FLETC officials
>          deem necessary for facility expansion efforts. One of
>          the other ways the center supports its rapid growth is
>          through fee services to state and local agencies and,
>          increasingly, through training of foreign cops.
>          “With the break-up of the Eastern Block (sic)
>          countries, the FLETC will be required to play an
>          increasing role in providing law enforcement training
>          to the emerging democracies while at the same time
>          continuing to support the training needs of other
>          foreign countries,” reads Objective 1.4 of the
>          center’s strategic goals statement.
>          The center has trained agents of the governments of
>          Brazil, Poland, Russia and Romania and provided
>          assistance to the International Law Enforcement
>          Academy in Budapest.
>          Besides training law enforcement officers in tactics,
>          survival skills and the use of weapons, the center
>          established in 1989 the Financial Fraud Institute,
>          whose specialty is training related to financial and
>          high-technology crimes including special courses in
>          asset forfeiture procedures, insurance fraud, illegal
>          tax shelters and computer and telecommunications
>          investigative procedures.
>          Critics of the growing militarization of the federal
>          government will also take no comfort in the fact that
>          the center’s program was designed with the help of a
>          team of experts from the U.S. military.
>          “The Department of Defense Army-Air Force Center for
>          Low Intensity Conflict played a key role in the
>          development of this plan by facilitating the planning
>          process for Task Force 2002 and the implementation
>          planning group,” one FLETC document explains. “Prior
>          to assisting FLETC, CLIC facilitated the development
>          of strategic plans for the Drug Enforcement
>          Administration, Project North Star and others.
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