To provide duly appointed VA police officers with a specialized orientation to agency law enforcement policies and procedures, to train these officers in the proper exercise of statutory law enforcement authority, and to teach them to handle situations that involve patients or persons of diminished capacity constitute the mission of the VA LETC. Conceptually, the course provides police officers with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to blend their duties as law enforcement officers with the special needs of the public that they serve.
Since its inception, the LETC has moved forward in concept, design, and duration.
Currently, the LETC stands as a national leader and sole-source provider in the federal system for law enforcement training in a healthcare environment and other federal special mission or limited jurisdiction settings.
The Enterprise Center concept gives the LETC the flexibility to extend services to and partner with other federal agencies.
The facilities at the LETC consist of an administration building and an adjacent three-story facility that contains a 30-room (single occupancy) dormitory and two large state-of-the-art classrooms.
Currently, a director, a deputy director, six full-time instructors, and four administrative personnel staff the LETC. Instructors come from within and outside the ranks of the VA Police and Security Service; however, all instructors have significant general or specialized law enforcement experience.
The 160-hour basic police officer training course represents the core training offered at the LETC. This course trains VA police officers in all pertinent aspects of basic law enforcement with particular emphasis on specialized aspects of security and law enforcement in the healthcare environment.
In addition, the LETC offers several 40-hour specialized and advanced courses, such as a baton instructor course, a detective course, a semiautomatic pistol course, and a supervisory police officer course.
The OS&LE and the LETC recognize that continuing education and training prove essential to an effective police operation.
To ensure that the training remains of the highest quality and meets the needs of the VA, the OS&LE and the LETC have sought periodic, independent outside review of the basic police officer training course.
Since its inception in 1972, the LETC has made great strides in its efforts to adequately and effectively train VA police officers for the rigors of their profession.