• Skagit Valley College Parks Law Enforcement Academy to graduate 26 cadets

    April 18, 2019
    Mount Vernon, Wash. — Skagit Valley College (SVC) is pleased to announce that 26 cadets will graduate from the 31st Annual SVC’s Parks Law Enforcement Academy (PLEA) on Friday, April 26th from 1 to 3pm in McIntyre Hall, located on SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus.
         The ceremony will include the Presentation of Colors and Flag Salute, Bellingham Pipeband Pipers led by Peter Rolstad, and the Symbolic Oath of Honor presented by Mount Vernon Police Chief Jerry Dodd. Each cadet will receive his or her certificate from Rick Mossman, SVC’s PLEA Commander. 
         About the class:
    • There are 26 members in the class, comprised of 18 men and 8 women.
    • Cadets come from the following states: Montana, Utah, California, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Colorado, Maryland, Idaho, Georgia, New Hampshire, Arizona, South Dakota, Oregon, and Washington. The Washington cadets are from South Cle Elum, Seattle, Tonasket, Seattle, Mount Vernon, Port Townsend, Enumclaw, Tacoma, and Auburn.
         SVC’s program is 17 weeks long, 728 hours in length, which includes 690 hours of Federal curriculum. The balance is an infusion of Washington State curriculum, primarily state law and traffic codes.
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         By graduation, the cadets will have successfully passed six rigorous, Federally-administered academic tests that measure their ability to apply concepts in areas such as use of force, arrest, search and seizure, Constitutional and criminal law, authority and jurisdiction, human relations, and many other elements. They will also have engaged in a case operation which began as a scenario-based exercise, then evolved into camouflage and surveillance training, site reconnaissance, stakeout, suspect apprehension, preparing search warrants, and prosecution of the accused in a mock courtroom setting. In addition, they will have also passed a significant number of requirements in areas such as emergency vehicle operations; firearms (qualifying in semi-automatic pistols, shotguns, and patrol rifles); control and defensive tactics; interview and interrogation techniques; patrol skills; basic tactics; and physical fitness performance. They will also have had experience in many scenarios that measure their ability to perform in real-world applications of dealing with conflict management, assisting the public, and of situations they will encounter in local, state, and federal parks.
    About the Academy: The Skagit Valley College Parks Law Enforcement Academy is one of only seven programs taught at the college or university level that is approved by the National Park Service and accredited by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board in the U.S.
         SVC’s program has been in existence since 1990, with the first academy taking place in 1991. More than 1,000 cadets have graduated from the program since its first year. 
         While many PLEA graduates have enjoyed successful careers in local, state or National Parks, others have joined agencies across the nation, including local police departments, county sheriff’s offices, State Patrol, US Forest Service, state and federal fish and wildlife departments, tribal police, US Customs and Border Protection, Pentagon Police, US Secret Service, and the FBI.       
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