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Parks Law Enforcement Academy

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Certificate Program

If you want to specialize in parks law enforcement, this is your program! SVC's Parks Law Enforcement Academy is one of only seven NPS- approved academies in the U.S. that provides the accredited curriculum that is also approved by other federal land management agencies as a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP).   It is also an approved training program accepted by local and state park agencies.

As a graduate of the academy, you will gain a competitive edge in seeking jobs with the various agencies in the law enforcement community. Our graduates have been highly successful in securing employment with the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Everett City Parks, and many other federal, state, county and city land management agencies (contact specific agencies for employment requirements).

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PLEA Program

  • Two 720-hour programs: Fall August through December, or Winter January through April.
  • iPad issued to cadets with academy curriculum and enabled for classroom and field use.
  • Curriculum Includes
    • Contemporary law enforcement tactics and legal information for visitor protection.
    • Emphasis on natural, cultural, and historic resources protection methods.
  • Particular attention to hands-on experiential problem-based.

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  • You must be 21 years of age or older, and be physically and mentally fit for service
  • You must successfully pass a criminal history and background check, drug analysis screening, and application review by the academy's Advisory Committee.

Pathways for Youth: Developing Stewards at North Cascades from North Cascades National Park on Vimeo.

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Upcoming Academy Dates

Fall 2017 Academy
August 21, 2017 – December 19, 2017

Winter 2018 Academy
January 2, 2018 – April 26, 2018

PLEA Graduation

View PLEA 2016 graduation

Contact Us

Note: Please contact Tee Davis Overby ( prior to beginning the application process.

Bill Overby
Department Chair & Academy Commander
(360) 416-7829

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Tee Davis Overby
Program Assistant
Mount Vernon Campus
(360) 416-7638

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Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation

Parks Law Enforcement Academy on KOMO News

Watch the video produced by KOMO News highlighting SVC's preparatory academy for National Park Service law enforcement.

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