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 SRU Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP) 




SRU Seasonal
Law Enforcement Training Program (SLETP)

NEWSFLASH...The SRU SLETP is pleased to announce that the program is open to students from all majors and is also available for those outside of the university.

The SLETP has a rich history at SRU and has been producing quality rangers for the past 30 years. The program has an extensive alumni base working in multiple agencies throughout the United States.  Many of our graduates are now Park Managers, Criminal Investigators, Chief Rangers, and even Park Superintendents. We are very proud of our alumni and hope our program is of interest to you. 

The next SLETP will be offered in the fall semester of 2012.  The program runs for twelve weeks. Sessions meet for eight hours per day five days per week (M-F). Participants are required to attend physical fitness training for a total of five hours per week during the program. Participants will also attend a specialized training session dedicated to law enforcement leadership. 

The SLETP is offered as a certificate program and is offered as a non-credit based program. The program has a flat certificate fee that is the same regardless of whether the student is in-state or out-of-state.  

Students who successfully complete the SLETP will earn a “certificate of completion” which is recognized by the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and various state park systems.  

Class size is limited to twenty-four students. Please contact Dr. John Lisco for more information at (724) 738-2596 or email to 

Now Taking Applications for the fall 2012 SLETP 

Dates: September 5, 2012 – November 20, 2012 

(The SLETP Application, Physical Form, and Checklist are available through links on the right side of this web page.) 

Course Information    

Program Dates:

Fall 2012 – September 5, 2012 – November 20, 2012

Spring 2013 – January–April 
(Registration opens July 15, 2012)

Mandatory Physical Fitness Training

All Participants are required to attend a structured fitness training program for a total of five hours per week.

The SRU SLETP is offered as a non-credit certificate program. The cost of the SLETP is $4,800. This fee includes facility rentals, one semester fitness membership at the ARC, training supplies, equipment and course packets. Participants must purchase training uniforms and basic personal protective gear. Participants must apply using the SRU SLETP Application Form, and submit by US mail or online.

SLETP Qualifications

The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the SLETP:

-Participant must be at least 21 years of age, by the time of SLETP completion.
-Participant must be a U.S. citizen.
-Participant must possess a valid state driver's license.
-Participant must have a clear criminal history. (No felony convictions or serious misdemeanors including, but not limited to, drug, domestic violence or firearms violations. Exceptions may be discussed with the director.)
-Participant must be in good physical condition and be able to complete all four components of the Physical Efficiency Battery (PEB). The four PEB components are: 1.5 mile run/walk, Agility Run, Flexibility Measure and Bench Press.
-Participant must have a physical exam with physician’s signature stating that the participant is healthy and may participate in a rigorous police training program.

-Effective September 2011, physical fitness training is required in the SLETP.

-All students must complete a written application and a personal or phone interview with Dr. John Lisco (Director of the SLETP) or Erin Strain (Director of Leadership Development) before enrolling in the program.

Students should be certified in healthcare provider CPR, and should seriously consider pursuing an advanced first aid training course, Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course, or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course before or immediately after completing the SLETP. Advanced first-aid is required by the profession and participants who do not have the emergency medical training will not be very employable regardless of how well they do in the law enforcement program.

Federal Requirements for Law Enforcement Park Rangers

In order to be employed as a National Park Service Law Enforcement Officer, participants must attend and successfully complete all components of a Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Program.

In addition a participant must be a US Citizen and be 21 years of age

Participants also must be able to pass an extensive background investigation, an extensive medical exam, a fitness test, and a drug test.

Participants must possess a valid state driver’s license, have either a bachelor’s degree in a related field or a year of experience in a related field or a combination of the two.

Fitness Test Specifics include:

In order to be commissioned, participants will be required to pass the bench press, 1.5 mile run and agility run.

Standards can be found at FLETC PEB STANDARDS

Passing is 25th percentile for your age and gender

Medical Standards can be found at FLETC MEDICAL STANDARDS


How do I apply for admission to the SLETP?

Download the application form, the physical exam form and the checklist from the right side of this web page. 

Complete the application (notary seal and signature), include a copy of your driver's license, birth certificate, High School Diploma/GED or college transcripts, and include program fee deposit. Submit your application to Dr. John Lisco to this address: 

Dr. John Lisco
Slippery Rock University
One Morrow Way
Slippery Rock, PA  16057

When your application is received and reviewed you will be contacted by the SLETP Director for a personal interview, either in person for local students or by phone or Skype for non-local students. Once you have interviewed you may receive conditional acceptance into the SLETP. Full acceptance to the SLETP will be confirmed after completing a physical exam (no more than 120 days prior to the first day of training), receiving approval from a physician that you CAN participate in a police training program, and paying your program fee in full.

The timeline for application procedures for the fall 2012 SLETP are as follows:

January 1, 2012 – Registration Opens

(All required forms and deposit should be submitted as soon as possible as program will likely fill quickly.)

July 12, 2012 – Physical form due

July 30, 2012 – Program fee to be paid in full. 

Why should I attend the SRU program?

While there are currently 14 programs that are pursuing accreditation, and each program will basically offer similar content, you must make the choice that is best for you. There are several quality programs that have unique facilities and quality instructors. SRU has been in the ranger training business for 30 years and has a strong alumni base throughout the United States.  The program utilizes quality instructors from a variety of agencies and is dedicated to making your training current and relevant. The SLETP Director, Dr. John Lisco, has over 20 years experience in training park law enforcement officers and worked as a seasonal law enforcement officer for the NPS in eight national parks over a period of 12 years. The program includes 480 hours of instruction and includes an integrated fitness component and a law enforcement leadership component.

Is the SRU SLETP open to all majors and academic backgrounds?

For the first time in 30 years, the SRU program is now open to all majors. The program is also now accepting applications from students outside of the SRU student community. Because the program is now offered in straight academy format, the program is open to all that are interested and all that meet the SLETP qualifications.  

Is college credit available through the SRU SLETP?

The new training format is offered as a non-credit certificate program through Leadership Development.  

What is the cost of attending the SRU SLETP?

The cost of the program is actually less than it was when the program was a credit-based program. The cost is $4,800.00 and includes all programmatic costs (instruction, facilities, major equipment, ammunition, etc.). Participants are required to purchase a uniform with some basic personal protective gear. Participants are also responsible for all costs relating to meals and housing.

Is housing available?

Housing may not available on campus but is available in the local community. A complete list of housing options is included in the Housing section on this site. We do not support or endorse any one particular housing provider. It is up to the trainee to investigate and set up housing arrangements. Housing will be needed.

What is the placement rate for the SRU program?

The SRU SLETP has over 30 years of professional placement in federal and state agencies. The program is connected to a national network of alumni and program supporters throughout the national and state park arena. While no program will guarantee placement, SRU has an excellent track record of placing students in seasonal positions and, in many cases, the placement has resulted in transitioning to a full-time position. Every student is instructed in how to properly complete the required application forms and resumes. Every student successfully completing the SLETP while meeting the NPS requirements has found seasonal employment with an NPS unit.

Seasonal protection rangers can make between $18 and $23 dollars per hour and can often be employed from four to six months making between $12,240 to $21,160 depending on the hourly pay rate and the length of the season.

What are some typical seasonal placements where students from this program have worked?

The following list includes seasonal and/or permanent placements for the past two program offerings (2009 and 2010). Note: Several students could have been employed at one site. For example, over the past two programs, we have had eight students hired by Yosemite National Park as seasonal protection rangers. Overall, for the 2009 and 2010 summers, 30 recent program graduates were placed in the following park areas:

Assateague National Seashore – Maryland and Virginia

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park – Colorado

Cape Cod National Seashore – Massachusetts

Cape Lookout National Seashore – North Carolina

Catoctin Mountain Park – Maryland

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park – Maryland

Cuyahoga National Park - Ohio

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area – Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Dinosaur National Monument – Colorado and Utah

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – Arizona and Utah

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Tennessee and North Carolina

Niobrara National Scenic River – Nebraska

Valley Forge National Park – Pennsylvania

Yosemite National Park – California

I am interested in pursuing a degree. What does SRU offer in terms of park management or resource management?     

Students interested in pursuing or completing a degree may be interested in the Park and Resource Management program at SRU. There is an undergraduate program of study and also a graduate program of study with both on-campus traditional and online options. Please visit the Department of Parks and Recreation/Environmental Education (PREE) for more information.

PREE Department   


There are several off-campus options for housing. Participants are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations.

The following links are provided for your review:

General off-campus information

 Off campus listings

 Off campus residence halls

For Towers and Campus Heights you may contact Brenda Martin at 724-794-8103 or email her at You should inform her that you will only be on campus for the law enforcement training program during the fall semester and are interested in a short lease for one semester.

You may be interested in meal plans through the university. Please see the following link if you are interested in campus meals.

University Meal Plans

Associated Links

Slippery Rock University

Association of National Park Rangers

National Park Service


Other Park Ranger Training Programs


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