The primary goal of the National Park Service Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) is to recruit, develop and retain highly trained law enforcement professionals who can react safely and professionally in real life situations while maintaining the highest standards of the NPS.

Field training and evaluation is intended to facilitate the ranger’s transition from the academic setting of the NPS Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) to the performance of law enforcement duties in the field.

Successful completion of the FTEP is a mandatory requirement in the Type I Commission process.

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The Field Training and Evaluation Program is the capstone to basic law enforcement training. Although a ranger completing FLETC has received a thorough introduction to basic law enforcement subjects, he or she cannot be expected to immediately assume the full responsibilities of an experienced ranger. Academy graduates must receive additional training in the field, during actual calls for service, where they can learn from training rangers who have practical experience.

During FTEP, trainees are assigned to a field training unit where they will demonstrate law enforcement competency by applying learned skills to everyday incidents. Trainees are evaluated on a daily basis by their Field Training Ranger to measure progress and are required to complete specific key job tasks.

FTEP is intended:

  • To produce competent law enforcement rangers capable of working a uniformed field assignment in a safe, skillful, productive, and professional manner.
  • To provide standardized training to all new permanent law enforcement rangers in the practical application of learned information.
  • To provide clear standards for rating and evaluation which give all ranger trainees every reasonable opportunity to succeed.
  • To enhance the professionalism, job skills, and ethical standards of the NPS law enforcement workforce.

Length of Program: 11 Weeks

Eligibility: Students who graduate from the NPS Basic Law Enforcement Training Program are directly assigned as trainees to the Field Training and Evaluation Program.

Audience: National Park Service Commissioned Rangers

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