Career Is Passion For FLETC Employee
by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Jennifer Scales
Nestled between the cities of Roswell to the north and Carlsbad
to the south, lies Artesia, New Mexico, one of the Training Delivery
Points (TDP) for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
There, you will also find Law Enforcement
Specialist Amanda DeMontigny (dah-mont’-nee).
November 12, 2020 - Amanda DeMontigny, far left, shares some time from law enforcement instruction with fellow
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers instructors in Artesia, New Mexico. (U.S. Department of Homeland Security Courtesy Photo)
DeMontigny works in the General Training Branch at the Artesia
TDP. She serves alongside partner organizations, Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) and Air Marshals to deliver the Uniformed Police
Training Program (UPTP).
“I specialize as one of four drug
custodians at FLETC,” DeMontigny said.
After graduating from
the University of North Dakota with degrees in criminal justice and
sociology, DeMontigny began her career in the government with Border
Patrol and moved to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) With BIA, she
held posts as a Training Sergeant and Special Agent for the Division
of Drug Enforcement.
“After BIA, I came to FLETC because of
my desire to teach and do some ‘hands-on’ training out in the
field,” DeMontigny said. “I wanted to be a part of making a
DeMontigny has familiarity with the North Dakota
area because she grew up in Grand Forks but all her family is from
the reservation in Belcourt, which is the Turtle Mountain Band of
She credits many of the strong women in
her family, along with her father, for instilling in her the strong
values she continues to cherish.
“My mother, Myra, became a
nurse who got her degree and went back to the reservation to help,”
Debbie Jeanotte (jah-not’), an aunt, is
also a nurse. Janice Morley, another aunt, went to law school and
then became the assistant U.S. attorney for North Dakota. Her
youngest aunt, Diane Schroeder, is the owner of a trucking company
in Devils Lake, N.D.
Her grandmother, Joyce Schroeder, was
also a trucker and was there to support all of her family.
“My father, Clark, along with the rest of the women, were all
independent and never relied on anyone to do what they could do
themselves, which is what I go by today,” DeMontigny said.
When she is not at work, DeMontigny enjoys adding to her 20-year
span of running or doing anything outdoors.
“I like to
participate in 5k’s and 10K’s when I get a chance, in addition to
anything relating to camping and hiking,” DeMontigny said. “Being a
life-long Chicago Bears fan, I love to go to their football games or
take in an outdoor local band concert.”
There have been
challenges she has faced, DeMontigny admits, but with the family
love and support she received while growing up, she is able to
“I am in a field that is typically set up for
men,” DeMontigny said. “But I love my job, and that keeps me going.
If you find a job…a career that you love, you never work a day in
your life. It becomes your passion and you can accomplish anything.”
The Federal Law
Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) is known for delivering
training curriculum to some of the best law enforcement personnel in
the world. FLETC also has a culturally diverse staff who provide
instruction and support to those seeking training.
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