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photo - DEA Training Academy The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Office of Training is to develop, deliver and advocate preeminent law enforcement and non-law enforcement training to DEA personnel and appropriate federal, state, local, and foreign law enforcement counterparts. The goal of this training is to improve student’s individual and organizational performance and assist them in achieving either DEA’s mission and performance goals or those of their assigned organization.


  • Manage and coordinate all entry-level, advanced, special skills and leadership training programs for DEA Special Agents, Diversion Investigators, Chemists, and Intelligence Research Specialists.

  • Manage and coordinate all non-supervisory/non-managerial professional career development training within DEA. This is achieved by identifying in-service training needs, revising existing training programs, and coordinating DEA employee attendance/enrollment at various interagency and non-government training venues.

  • Manage and coordinate all supervisory/managerial training for agent and non-agent personnel. This training is offered either residentially, off-site, or through cooperative partnerships with various Executive Leadership organizations and universities.

  • Manage and coordinate specialized narcotics and dangerous drug law enforcement, asset forfeiture, and intelligence training programs in the United States and overseas for foreign police officials.

  • Coordinate all International Narcotics Enforcement Management Seminars for high ranking foreign officials.

  • Provide oversight of the counterdrug training programs for the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA) in Bangkok, Thailand; Budapest, Hungary; Latin America; and Gaborone, Botswana.

  • Provide counterdrug training for all vetted Sensitive Investigative Units in foreign countries.

  • Formulate all DEA firearms training standards and procedures. This includes the development, testing, evaluation, procurement, and distribution of DEA-authorized firearms, ammunition, protective ballistic garments, shields, and related firearms equipment to support field operations needs.

  • Provide recommendations to the Critical Incident and Firearms Policy Review Committee (FPRC) and the Deputy Administrator on standards, procedures, and policies concerning all DEA shooting incidents and firearms-related issues.

  • Deliver all clandestine laboratory certification training for DEA personnel and appropriate domestic and foreign police agencies.

  • Formulate all DEA tactical training standards and procedures. This includes the development, testing, evaluation, procurement and distribution of DEA authorized tactical-related equipment to support field operation's needs.


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