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The conference will be loaded with great training courses, guest speakers, sponsor vendor exhibits, and tours of historic parks and landmarks. This will be a conference you will not want to miss so start planning today. 



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Park Law Enforcement Association 2024 Annual Training Conference

  • February 27, 2024
  • 8:30 AM (CST)
  • February 29, 2024
  • 4:30 PM (CST)
  • The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel, 21196 East Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL, 36542

Registration

  • Conference registration is for two days of classroom sessions featuring Public Safety Leadership training.

    See complete agenda on the website.

    Includes awards banquet dinner and Field Trip.
  • Conference registration is for two days of classroom sessions featuring Public Safety Leadership training.

    See complete agenda on the website.

    Includes awards banquet dinner and field trip.
  • Conference registration is for two days of classroom sessions featuring Public Safety Leadership training and Field Trip.

    See complete agenda on the website.

    Includes Field Trip and Awards Banquet dinner.
  • This is for conference registrants who are only participating in the conference for one day of Keynote speaker presentation.

    Excludes Field Trip and Banquet.
  • Vendors will have an 8x10 exhibit space at conference hotel and registration for one vendor representative to attend the banquet and field trip. Please contact us if more than one representative will attend the banquet or field trip.

    Set-up will be Monday February 27th from 3 - 6 PM. Or the 28th before 8:00 AM.
    Vendor Exhibit will be any or all days of the conference, February 28th - March 3rd. We anticipate the opening day, February 28th will be the most attendance day. We always invite our vendors to be with us for the entire conference including the field trip.

    Provide us a jpeg file of your logo and a short forward looking paragraph and we’ll add it to our Sponsors Page on our website ParkRanger.com
  • This registration is for an additional field trip to accommodate your guest or spouse and includes transportation and lunch. This is an educational field day to learn firsthand how other agencies function.
  • Provide Door Prize for Conference.

    Business Recognition During Prize Drawing.

    Any materials provided by vendor will be included in the conference registration packets.
  • Are you bringing a spouse or guest to the banquet?
  • Registration fees waived for PLEA members that are employed by the host agency. Be sure to register for the Field Trip separately.
  • Registration fees waived for PLEA members that are employed by the host agency.

    Be sure to register for the Field Trip separately.
  • Registration fees waived for PLEA members that are employed by the host agency. Be sure to register for the Conference separately.
  • If you can't make it to the conference this is an alternative to this great training. Register before February 20th and we will send you an email on or before February 26th with the Zoom Meeting Link to access the training on February 27th and February 29th 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST. This will enable you to live stream both classroom days of training including the Key Note Speaker. Training certificates will be available for attending the virtual training conference.
  • Sponsor Break Coffee and Soft Drink Refreshments.

    Link on Park Law Enforcement Association Website www.parkranger.com

    Any materials provided by vendor will be included in the conference registration packets.
  • Vendor registration fee can be waived in lieu of in kind donation with prior approval.

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The conference will be loaded with great training courses, guest speakers and tours of historic parks and landmarks. This will be a conference you will not want to miss so start planning today.  The agenda is shown below.



PLEA Annual Training Conference

February 27 - February 29, 2024

The Lodge at Gulf State Park

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Agenda

Virtual conference attendees will be emailed a link to sign-in for the virtual portion of the conference.

Our Conference Agenda is:

Monday, February 26

09:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Board of Directors Meeting – PLEA Executive Board and Board Members.

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Registration at The Lodge at Gulf State Park.

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM - Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

Tuesday, February 27

Breakfast on your own.

07:00 AM – 08:00 AM – Registration and Meet & Greet – Outside of Classroom.

08:15 AM – Opening Ceremonies. Welcome by PLEA President and Host Agency.
Colors and pledge by the Alabama State Parks Honor Guard.

08:30 AM – 9:30 AM – Leadership of the Younger Generations and Recruitment & Retention – Pete Mitchum, Southwest District Ranger, Alabama State Parks

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Morning Break & Door Prizes

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Group Photo

** NOTE:  Please bring a uniform for group photo at end of morning break. **

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM – LEO, Emergency Services Assessment Model – Ed Thomas, emergency Services Section Chief, Arkansas State Parks.

11:15 AM – 12:15pm – Cross-Training Program Within the New Jersey State Parks, Forests, & Historic Sites Program. – George Fedorczyk, Chief Ranger, New Jersey State Parks Police.

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM - Lunch (On your own)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Peer Support Groups in Law Enforcement – Mark Caughlan, Chief Ranger, Wyoming State Parks. 

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM - Afternoon Break & Door Prizes

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM – ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) – Larry Behnke.

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM – 2nd Afternoon Break & Door Prizes

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM – ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) – Larry Behnke.

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

Wednesday, February 28

Breakfast on your own.

08:15 AM – 08:30 AM – Meet outside lobby for transportation.

08:30 AM – Vans depart The Lodge at Gulf State Park. 

08:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Tour Gulf Shores State Park

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Tour Fort Morgan State Historic Site

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Lunch at Fort Morgan

1:30 PM – 3:00 – Tour Big Lagoon State Park (Florida)

4:00 PM – Arrive at The Lodge at Gulf State Park.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Awards Banquet. Dinner is provided. Fund raising raffle.

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

Thursday, February 29

Breakfast on your own.

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – Keynote Presenter Donald Forgione.  Donald will offer the following presentations:

  • 1.      The Art of Active Management: Managing Mole Hills Before They Become Mountains
  • 2.      Building Sustainable Teams: Internal or External, Recruitment to Conflict Resolution
  • 3.      Principles of Leadership That Work: Trust, Communications, and Resilience   
  • 4.      Mentoring the Next Generation: Roles for the Mentor and Mentee

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM –   Donald Forgione

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Break & Door Prizes

10:00 AM – 11:00 PM – Donald Forgione

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Break & Door Prizes 

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM – Donald Forgione

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM - Lunch (On your own)

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Donald Forgione

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Break & Door Prizes

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Donald Forgione

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social - Hospitality Room.

Friday, March 1   

Breakfast on your own   

Safe travels, hope to see everyone in 2025!


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