California State Parks graduates 35 law enforcement officers at Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony

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May 7, 2022 – PARADISE, Calif. – California State Parks last Friday graduated 35 cadets to serve as rangers and lifeguards in the nation’s largest state park system. As officers of the peace, they will serve, protect and educate visitors to California’s 279 state parks, while protecting the state’s most important natural and cultural resources.

“The impacts of recent catastrophic fires, drought and COVID-19 – tell us that we need to rethink how we manage these public lands,” California State Parks Superintendent Armando Quintero told the cadets during Friday’s graduation. “We must remain diligent and adapt, apply best science and management practices, and evolve our methods to help preserve these natural and cultural resources for future generations to enjoy.”

In front of both in-person and virtual audiences, 47 Basic Visitor Services Training (BVST) members received their badges to officially become State Parks Peace Officers to serve State Parks. State and the State of California. This year’s class of 35 cadets were chosen from a field of 880 applicants.

BVST 47 began its academy on October 1, 2021 and for seven months cadets received training in strategic communications, making physical arrests, conducting investigations, performing search and rescue, tactics defensive, de-escalation and use of firearms. Cadets were also trained in visitor assistance, public education and interpretation, park resource protection and management, and first aid. Academy instruction prepares students mentally, morally, emotionally, and physically to successfully enter and complete the Field Training Officer program, which includes an additional 13 weeks of on-the-job training.

Graduates of this class will be stationed statewide, such as the North Coast Redwoods, Central Valley, San Diego, and Inland Empire districts.

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Want to “live life in the parks”?

The 2023 State Park Peace Officer Cadet Academy continues to operate, in-person, in accordance with new COVID-19 safety guidelines. This year, State Parks is pleased to announce that lateral transfers will be accepted. POST Academy graduates can apply to join the agency, a change from previous years. If applicants have two years of college credit, State Parks accepts both POST Academy graduates to enter Tier A laterally, and POST Basic certified applicants may enter Tier B laterally. After passing background checks, psychological and medical, applicants can go directly into the Field Training Program (FTP). The minimum age to be a peace officer is 21 years old. All interested applicants must submit an official state application by May 13, 2022.

For more information about the academy and other careers available with state parks, such as jobs in cultural and natural resources, facilities management, administration, and many more, please visit www.LiveTheParksLife.com and contact the Workforce Planning and Recruitment office at recruitment@parks.ca.gov.

California State Parks graduated 35 cadets to become the new State Parks Peace Officers (Rangers and Lifeguards) on April 29, 2022 in Paradise, California.  Photos from California State Parks.
California State Parks graduated 35 cadets to become the new State Parks Peace Officers (Rangers and Lifeguards) on April 29, 2022 in Paradise, California. Photos from California State Parks.
Source: CA. State Parks

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