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U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., joined David Perdue, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, RGa., Wednesday in introducing bipartisan legislation to reauthorize Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) to ensure federal law enforcement officials and first responders are adequately trained for national security events, domestic threats, and combating terrorism.

“The FLETC facility in Artesia plays a critical role in training Border Patrol agents, Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers, Federal Air Marshals, and other law enforcement officers,” said Udall. “It’s also important to the economy in southeastern New Mexico, where it’s a significant employer.

“FLETC needs the resources to adapt to ever-changing security threats, and our bipartisan bill will give it the certainty it needs to continue its mission — keeping Americans safe.”

“New Mexico plays an important role in protecting our homeland, and the FLETC facility in Artesia is at the forefront of training our federal law enforcement officers,” Heinrich said. “This bipartisan bill will support our trainees and make essential investments in Artesia, which will help contribute to southeastern New Mexico’s economy. I will continue working to ensure this training center remains fully funded so that staff and trainees can work to meet their homeland security missions.”

“The proposed bill will serve FLETC well into the future and recognizes our role in training those who protect our homeland,” said FLETC Director Connie Patrick.