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We are excited to announce our 2022 training conference will held in historic Charleston, SC. The conference will be on beaches Kiawah Island just minutes south of downtown Charleston. The island and conference center offer many activities and outdoor adventures. 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. More information to follow shortly.
PLEA Annual Training Conference
March 1st to March 3rd, 2022
Kiawah Island Resort, South Carolina
Monday, February 28
9 AM - 3 PM – Board of Directors Meeting – PLEA Executive Board and Board Members. Open to all PLEA members.
3 PM - 6 PM – Vendor Setup in Lobby Area. Check-in with PLEA Staff.
Golf for early arrivals.
4 PM - 6 PM – Registration
6 PM -10 PM – Networking Social – Hospitality Room
Tuesday, March 1
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM – Registration and Meet & Greet
8:00 AM – Opening Ceremonies. Welcome by PLEA President.
Colors and pledge by South Carolina State Park Rangers
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Lt. Greg Reyero, Texas State Parks Crimes Against Persons Training Unit - Presents; Interdiction for the Protection of Children
9:30 AM – Morning Break – Sponsored by Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Panel Discussion - Challenges to park professions post COVID. Moderator Lt. Mark Caughlan, Panelist Chief Dennis Cease and Panelist Capt. Shawn Bengsten.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM - Lunch (On your own)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Phil Gains, Professor of Practice, Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University, and former Director of South Carolina State Parks discusses trends in park law enforcement across the country.
3:00 PM – Afternoon Break
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social – Hospitality Room
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Optional walking tour of Historic Charleston. Sign up at conference registration desk.
Wednesday, March 2 - Field Trip
8:15 AM - Meet outside the lobby for bus transportation. Please be on time as we have a tight schedule to keep.
9:00 AM – Arrive at Fort Sumter National Park. Learn about where the American Civil War began and Fort Sumter's role from park rangers. Boat ride to the fort for tour and flag raising.
Fort Sumpter - Guardian of Charleston Harbor
Two forts stand at the entrance of Charleston Harbor. Patriots inside a palmetto log fort, later named Fort Moultrie, defeated the Royal Navy in 1776. As Charleston blazed a path towards secession to preserve slavery, construction on a new fort, Fort Sumter, proceeded. The Confederacy fired on the US garrison of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861 opening the Civil War, which redefined American freedom.
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Historic Boone Plantation Tour and Gullah lunch.
Boone Hall Plantation was founded in 1681 when Englishman Major John Boone came to Charleston and established a lucrative plantation and gracious home on the banks of Wampacheone Creek. The family and descendants of Major Boone were influential in the history of South Carolina, the colonies and the nation. In 1743, the son of Major John Boone planted live oak trees, arranging them in two evenly spaced rows. This spectacular approach to his home symbolizes southern heritage and will take root in your memory for many years to come. It would take two centuries for the massive, moss-draped branches to meet overhead, forming today’s natural corridor and a scene. A unique presentation of “Exploring The Gullah Culture” can be experienced first hand. Boone Hall is the only plantation in the Charleston area to present a live presentation of this unique culture adapted by African slaves.
A unique presentation of “Exploring The Gullah Culture” can be experienced first hand. Boone Hall is the only plantation in the Charleston area to present a live presentation of this unique culture adapted by African slaves.
Tradition Southern Gullah Lunch Provided
3:00 PM – Depart for Hotel
4:00 PM – Arrive at Hotel
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM – Awards Banquet – Dinner is provided.
8:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social – Hospitality Room
Thursday, March 3
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Key Note Speaker Rick Taylor Presented By:
Not by Chance Leadership:
Creating Great Culture Through Intentional Leadership
Leadership Through Trust and Intentional Acts
Key Note Speaker Rick Taylor
Rick Taylor is a law enforcement professional who’s committed the last 27 years to serving his community. He is currently a Police Captain with the University of Florida Police Department, Community Services Division, where he oversees all community services and hiring/recruiting. Prior to his current position, he was an Assistant Chief of Police for the Lakeland Police Department in Lakeland Florida and oversaw Patrol Operations. He worked in every division of his agency, at all levels, before attaining his Assistant Chief position. He spent much of his career on SWAT while teaching multiple high-liability topics for his agency, the local police academy and throughout the Southeast United States. Rick is a FBI National Academy graduate (class 261), Senior Management Institute for Police – PERF graduate and holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from Troy University. He is also an active member of the Florida Police Chief’s Association while serving on their Training and Standards Board.
10:00 AM – Break – Sponsored by
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM - Lunch (on your own)
5:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Networking Social – Hospitality Room – Sponsored by
Friday, March 4
Good bye and please be safe! Hope to see you again next year!
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
You may call in your reservations to 800-654-2924, please reference group as Park Law Enforcement and/or the group booking number of 18308. Calls will be returned within 48-72 hours in the order received.
Deadline for making reservations is January 28th, 2022. Reservations received after this date will only be filled on a space-and-rate available basis.
You can email in your reservation using this form:
Hotel Call In form - Park Law.doc
To make your hotel room reservation please call 800-654-2924