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Public Notice - Law Enforcement Training Academy Scheduled for Assessment as Part of Program to Achieve Accreditation

The Western Dakota Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy (WDTC LETA) is scheduled for a web-based assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. This is normally an on-site assessment, however, due to challenges associated with COVID, the assessment will be conducted remotely.

A team of independent assessors will examine the Law Enforcement Program of WDTC to include policies, procedures, management, and operations. The public is invited to comment as part of a periodic, outside review designed to verify the Academy’s compliance with numerous training academy performance standards. This will be an initial accreditation.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), administers this accreditation program. CALEA requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the assessment, WDTC employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling CALEA at (916) 960-6933 on Tues., Aug. 9, 2022, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Telephone comments for the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards.

Copies of the standards are available for public inspection at Western Dakota Technical College, 800 Mickelson Dr., Rapid City SD 57703.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Training Academy’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155 or though the CALEA website,

Written comments will also be accepted on behalf of the assessors by Western Dakota Technical College, attn: Peter Ragnone, Program Director, 800 Mickelson Dr., Rapid City SD 57703.

For more information, call Elias Diaz, Accreditation Manager at Western Dakota Technical College, at (605) 718-2937.

About Western Dakota Technical College

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) was established in 1968 and is the only technical college serving the western South Dakota region.

WDTC offers more than 40 programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction and Manufacturing, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Health Sciences, Legal and Public Services, and Transportation Technologies.

Ninety-nine percent of Western Dakota Technical College's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military. [*Placement information is derived from graduate surveys, faculty-collected data, placement surveys started six months after graduation, and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. Overall placement rate is figured by: (responding graduates employed, continuing education, or in military service)/(responding graduates who are seeking employment). The number of program graduates are unduplicated by CIP code.]

Western Dakota Technical College faculty, staff, and administration focus their efforts on helping students gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed. Through hands-on learning, internships, and industry partnerships, Western Dakota Tech students graduate ready to make a real and immediate contribution to their employers and to their communities.

For information about WDTC, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to Visit us on the web at

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