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Public Notice of WDTC Law Enforcement Training Academy Web-Based Assessment

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.

The Law Enforcement Program of WDTC, to include policies, procedures, management and operations will be assessed against the strictest industry standards. The public is invited to comment as part of a periodic, outside review designed to verify the Academy’s compliance with numerous training and performance standards.  This will be in an effort toward continued accreditation. 

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (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, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by means of a Public Comment Portal.  This year the portal can be accessed at:

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Training Academy’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may do so by means of this portal.  Further information can be obtained by calling Elias Diaz, Program Director and 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 per the WDTC 2022 Placement Report. There were 320 respondents out of 342 graduates surveyed. [*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.

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