The Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) was developed in 1977 to prepare seasonal Rangers to perform law enforcement in areas administered by the National Park Service. The required core program consists of approximately 680 hours. A successful graduate becomes eligible to receive a Type II Law Enforcement Commission once the background investigation is completed. This commission enables the bearer to carry firearms, make arrests, investigate violations of the Code of Federal Regulations and assist in the execution of warrants.

Six schools are authorized and accredited to offer the SLETP on behalf of the National Park Service. Some may offer state peace officer training in conjunction with the SLEPT. Most programs are conducted in a Monday through Friday (and some weekends) format at 40 or more hours per week. The program is typically completed within one academic semester.

Each school recognizes or offers recognition for completion of the course in one or more ways; Continuing education units; Semester hours; Quarter hours; or Certificate of Completion.

The cost of each school's program is set by the administration of that school. Prospective students should contact the directors of the schools being considered and inquire as to the availability of housing and meals as well as the tuition costs and any additional fees for ammunition, targets, etc.

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Whit Hibbard on horse patrol in Big Bend National Park. Class of Fall 2003

For further information concerning the National Park Service Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) contact:

Coordinator Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP)

Law Enforcement Employee Development Center

National Park Service Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

Building 64, Room 219

Glynco, GA 31524

Phone: (912) 267-2795 or  (912) 267-2246

Federal Law Enforcement Training Accredited Colleges & Universities Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Programs

Colorado Northwestern Community College

National Park Ranger Academy

500 Kennedy Drive

Rangely, CO 81648

Director: Charles Huyck: Phone: (970) 675-3336 (800) 562-1105 ext. 331


Fax: (970) 675-8665

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Northern Arizona University

Parks and Recreation Management Program

PO Box 15018, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5018

Director: Mark Maciha

Phone: (928) 523-8242 or Fax: (928) 523-2275


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Skagit Valley College

Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy

2405 E. College Way

Mount Vernon, WA  98273-5899

Contact: Rick Mossman, Commander

Phone: (360) 416-7829

Fax: (360) 416-7890


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Southwestern Community College

Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy / Public Safety Training Complex

225 Industrial Park Road

Franklin, North Carolina 28734

Director: Mitch Boudrot

Phone: (828) 306-7043; 800-447-4091(ask for PSTC); fax: (828) 369-2428


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Temple University

Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy

Department of Criminal Justice

523 Gladfelter Hall, 1115 W. Berks St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Director: Anthony J. Luongo

Phone: office, (215) 204-7930; fax, (215) 204-2776


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Vermilion Community College

Park Ranger Law Enforcement Academy

1900 East Camp Street

Ely, Minnesota 55731-1996

Director: Jim Christensen

Phone: (218) 365-7246 or (800) 657-3608 ext. 7246 Fax: (218) 365-7218


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