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Summary of Unit Responsibilities

Administrative Support Section (TRA): TRA is responsible for an extremely diverse set of responsibilities and functions to include: fiscal operations, contracting and procurement, supply and property management, facilities and dormitory management, fleet operations, human resource management, security programs, audio-visual programs, telecommunications equipment management, mail distribution, information systems support (including FIREBIRD and stand-alone network administration) and health services programs. In addition, TRA is responsible for oversight of both custodial and food service support provided to the Academy under the Federal Bureau Investigation’s (FBI) contract with Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) and SODEXHO, as well as buildings maintenance and related services provide by the FBI’s Facilities Management Unit (FMU) through the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)/FBI Reimbursable Agreement.

Academic Operations Unit (TRDA): The primary mission of TRDA is to develop, prepare, and administer the entry-level training program for Basic Agent Trainees (BAT). TRDA provides all Basic Agent Class Coordinators and instructors for core subjects, such as Confidential Source Management, Drug Identification, Interview Techniques, Standards of Conduct, Report Writing, Evidence Handling, Investigative Resources, and Ethics. TRDA is also responsible for all AIS instruction to include Basic Agents, Diversion Investigators, Intelligence Research Specialists, and in-service classes, as well as other courses provided to the field. In addition to the above duties, a DEA AIS instructor (Kristy L. Steward) has been named the Agency Training Coordinator in the Limited Access Agency User Agreement for NCIC. This agreement mandates training and testing for all employees who have NCIC access. It also requires the maintenance of those training and testing records for audit purposes.

Clandestine Laboratory Training Unit (TRDC): TRDC is responsible for conducting basic certification training for thousands of DEA Special Agents, Forensic Chemists and state and local officers. This training exceeds requirements established by OSHA. TRDC also conducts Advanced Site Safety Officer Certification schools for DEA Special Agents and state and local officers to comply with the OSHA requirement for one or more site safety officers at any clandestine laboratory. Additionally, TRDC conducts a Clandestine Laboratory Tactical school for agents and state and local officers. This training addresses the unique tactical issues specific to the use of PPE within a contaminated environment.

Diversion Operations Unit (TRDD): TRDD is responsible for developing, preparing, and administering the entry-level training program for newly-hired Diversion Investigators (DI) that is designed to familiarize basic trainees with the legitimate pharmaceutical and chemical industry. At the same time the training program provides systems applications training in Firebird, M204, DATS, and personnel data system; demonstrates some of the tactics and methodology employed to divert legal drugs and chemicals into the illicit market. TRDD is also responsible for developing and coordinating advanced training programs for DI’s that will enhance their investigative skills. Training programs are also developed to assist in the advanced skills to state and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies as they relate to diversion control.

Firearms Training Unit (TRDG): TRDG is responsible for the development and implementation of the firearms policy and firearms training of the Basic Agent Trainees as well as Special Agent personnel, worldwide. In addition to the development of policy and training procedures, the unit is responsible for the purchase, testing, evaluation, and approval of all weapons, ammunition, ballistic armor, and other firearms-related equipment.

Intelligence Training Section (TRN): TRN is responsible for developing, preparing, and administering the entry- and advanced-level intelligence training programs for newly hired and experienced IRSs. TRNA is tasked with providing all the class coordinators for the various courses. In addition, TRNA develops, prepares, and administers intelligence training for state, local, and other federal agencies at the DEA Training Academy and at locations throughout the United States. TRNA also instructs in the Basic Agent Training Program, Advanced Agent Training, Diversion Investigator Training, Conspiracy and Complex Investigations

International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEAs): The International Training Section is responsible for providing all counter drug training at the ILEAs located in Budapest, Hungary; Bangkok, Thailand; Gaborone, Botswana; and the recently approved “ILEA Latin America” to be situated in San Salvador, El Salvador. TRI has recently incorporated the use of both Practical Exercises and Desktop Exercises in all of its ILEA programs. Additionally, TRI has also added regional case studies and team teaching concepts with foreign instructor participation. All of these concepts are currently being replicated by many of the other U.S. Federal Agencies.

International Mobile Unit A (TRIA): The SI coordinates and manages training for the ten countries which comprise the SIUs. This management involves developing appropriate training programs relative to each country’s laws, capabilities and ability to support DEA’s OI. This SI also oversees the day to day activities of two Computer Sciences Corporations (CSC) contract employees assigned to assist with the SIU training program. (Note: In May 2005, SI Dennis Lindsey previously assigned to TRIA was reassigned to the Specialized Training Unit (TRDS). This vacant position is currently in the selection process.

International Mobile Unit B (TRIB): The SI manages the INEMS. The INEMS is TRI’s annual premier program directed at the highest level foreign counterparts which often includes Deputy Minister, Directors, and executives at the policy making level. The TRIB SI is also responsible for coordinating the counter drug training for DOD at the WHINSEC program at Ft. Benning, Georgia, as well as the Executive Observation Program (EOP) in support of the DEA Foreign Operations Visitor section, coordinates tours and briefings at the DEA Training Academy for visiting foreign law enforcement officials, and also their participation in Domestic Training Programs such as the DUCC and Federal Law Enforcement Analysis Training

International Mobile Unit C (TRIC): The SI manages the International Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering Training Program administered by DEA for the DOJ. This program has been expanded in 2004 to include an Advanced Asset Forfeiture Training Program. A total of six Basic or Advanced programs are held worldwide annually based on the joint determination by DEA and DOJ for appropriate venues.

Leadership and Development Unit (TRDL): TRDL is currently responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) supervisory training programs as well as DEA-administered state and local supervisory training programs. TRDL also provides leadership development instruction in numerous non-supervisory DEA training courses including Basic Agent Training, Advanced Agent Training, Basic Intelligence Research Specialist Training, and Basic Diversion Investigator Training. TRDL provides advice, guidance, and educational assistance to management officials at various levels of employee career development utilizing OPM Executive Seminar Programs, the Brookings Institute, the National War College, the United States Marine Corps Staff and Command College, the Federal Executive Institute, and other programs sponsored by colleges, universities, and private vendors. TRDL serves as a point of contact and reference for DEA Field Divisions seeking to secure leadership training for their management conferences or to recommend private sector executives who address their management staff.

Planning and Evaluation Staff (TRP): TRP is responsible for preparing all TR budget requests, including the Spring Planning Call Budget submission to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) resource request, and the President’s budget request to the Congress. TRP also oversees course scheduling at the DEA Training Academy to ensure maximum utilization of both classroom and dormitory space. TRP provides administrative oversight of the TR course evaluation process, including the development of course evaluation forms and the actual scoring and processing of completed class evaluations as well as serves as the central repository for all DEA Divisional Orders, Lesson Plans, course curricula, policies and procedures to include narrative development, oversight, revision, and final distribution. TRP also Coordinates all responses to internal or external interrogatory requests for information and developing TR Decision Papers on staffing, resource and other administrative related requirements.

Practical Applications Unit (TRDP): TRDP is responsible for all practical exercise training for Basic Agent Trainees conducting surveillance and undercover training for Special Agents providing support for SA in-service courses, as well as providing lectures on surveillance for in-service schools and practicals for all international Sensitive Investigative Units.

Specialized Training Unit (TRDS): TRDS is responsible for the delivery of advanced and specialized training to all non-supervisory Drug Enforcement Administration employees, state and local law enforcement personnel, and, when necessary, provide funding for specialty programs. Specialized in-service training courses focus on specific skills in each job series beyond those taught in entry-level programs. These specialized courses are designed to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, and to maximize the safety and security of DEA personnel. Courses are conducted by unit personnel and off-the-shelf vendors.

Tactical Safety and Survival Unit (TRDT): TRDT is responsible for providing a comprehensive defensive tactics program, which incorporates the physical fitness program as a critical component. The defensive tactics program provides the trainees with realistic self-defense skills, incorporating proper arrest and control procedures, fighting skills, mental conditioning, and development of physical stamina through exercise, to prepare the student to overcome both armed and unarmed attacks. Further, all Basic Agent trainees receive instruction in the appropriate techniques an strategies for conducting arrest and search warrants, along with felony vehicle stops and vehicle-involved arrests. In addition, in-service Special Agents and Group Supervisors are trained in planning, organizing, and executing drug-oriented raids.

Legal Instruction Section (CCT): The Legal Instruction Section (CCT) of the Office of Chief Counsel provides comprehensive legal training for DEA, state, local, and other federal law enforcement employees. The instruction is specifically tailored to the changing needs of DEA employees and the dynamic environment in which they work. While attorneys with particular expertise from the Office of Chief Counsel at DEA Headquarters conduct a considerable amount of training regarding specific matters, the majority of the instruction of new DEA employees is provided by attorneys assigned to CCT at the DEA Training Academy.

CCT is responsible for coordinating and providing legal training at the DEA Training Academy. Attorneys within the Section instruct in Basic Agent, Basic Intelligence Research Specialist, Basic Diversion Investigator, Basic Forensic Chemist, Advanced Agent, and Group Supervisor schools, and at numerous other courses conducted at the Academy. In addition to teaching law to DEA Special Agents and other core series employees, CCT researches and writes a variety of materials on issues important to DEA operations. Materials produced by CCT attorneys are valued references for law enforcement personnel and prosecutors around the world.


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