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Parks Law Enforcement Academy

Parks Law Enforcement Academy: Celebrating 25 years of excellence.

Certificate Program

If you want to specialize in parks law enforcement, this is your program! SVC's Parks Law Enforcement Academy is approved by the National Park Service and other federal land management agencies as a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP).

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

  • 720-hour winter program, January-April.
  • Each cadet is issued an iPad for the duration of the academy.  The iPad is loaded 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.

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Placement Rate

Placement and Completion Data

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September 8 - December 18, 2015 

Begin the application process early to avoid being placed on a waitlist--our academy fills fast!    

 See PLEA Application & forms.



Winter 2016 Academy dates: January 4 - April 25.

Contact Us

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

Email Bill

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

Email Tee

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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