Program with CLEET Component Approved for SWOSU Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement
A new degree program in Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement was recently approved for the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Department of Parks and Recreation Management on the Weatherford campus.
According to Associate Dean Dr. Chad Kinder, the new program includes an optional Oklahoma Council for Law Enforcement, Education and Training (CLEET) component. Successful candidates will exit the program with their Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement and their full-time Oklahoma law enforcement certification. Students that do not desire to gain the CLEET certification are able to complete a standard course of study in Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement.
Kinder said this program is the only one of its kind in the Great Plains area of the United States. Program graduates will be prepared to seek employment in state and federal natural resource law enforcement. Some of these hiring agencies include the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Oklahoma State Parks.
Students completing the SWOSU Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement program would also be able to apply with any Oklahoma municipal, county or state law enforcement agency. Those completing the CLEET option would be desirable job candidates. The CLEET certification would enable the hiring Oklahoma law enforcement agency to refrain from sending the officer to the 16-week, Ada-based CLEET Academy.
SWOSU is accepting applications for the 2012 / 2013 Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement CLEET Program through March 2, 2012. Contact SWOSU CLEET Program Director Ed Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Interested individuals are invited to visit the program's Facebook page.