Program with CLEET Component Approved for SWOSU Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement


Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement
SWOSU has received approval for a new program in Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement on the Weatherford campus will allow students to benefit from a CLEET component. These students in a Basic Tracking class recently learned the art of tracking humans for law enforcement as well as search and rescue situations at Boiling Springs State Park. They include (from left): Ryan Fike; instructor David Scott-Donelan, Ethan Auge, Logan Churchwell, Richard Staton, Drew Hughes, instructor Mike Vaught, SWOSU faculty Paul Hummel, instructor C.D. Perkins, James Necessary, Jeremy Guest, Matt Villines, Nick Conner, Cameron Gladd, Dustin Daugherty, Rachel Lee and SWOSU faculty Ed Klein.

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 for more information.  Interested individuals are invited to visit the program's Facebook page.