California State Parks Peace Officer

California State Park Peace Officers (S.P.P.O.) are fully sworn California State Police Officers, with two sub-classifications, the Ranger and the Lifeguard. S.P.P.O.s often use the title of State Police Officer during enforcement contact, as many Park Rangers and Lifeguards within municipalities, counties and special districts are armed Peace Officers, with authority throughout the state, on and off duty, like the California State Park Peace Officers law enforcement officer. State Park Peace Officers perform a wide variety of general law-enforcement activities, including complex criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, and participate in statewide task forces, for gang suspension, narcotics enforcement, auto theft, and fish and wildlife crimes, under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Parks and Recreation in the state parks of California, United States. Duties include general law enforcement, aquatic rescue (by lifeguards and other certified officers), search and rescue, emergency medical response, interpretation of natural, historic and cultural resources, resource protection, park management and proactive enforcement patrol. The current sidearm of the California State Park Peace Officer is the Smith & Wesson M&P, the current patrol rifle is the Colt AR-15 Model LE6920, and the current patrol shotgun is the Remington Model 870 Police Magnum.[citation needed]

California State Park Peace Officer
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction California, USA
Map of California State Park Peace Officer’s jurisdiction
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Sacramento, California
California Park Ranger page

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Public safety
  • Law-enforcement services
  • Lifeguard services
  • Medical aid/emergency medical response
  • Operating and maintaining emergency equipment
Visitor assistance
  • Advising visitors of rules and regulations
  • Providing general park information
Public education and interpretation
  • Community outreach
  • Interpretive programs
  • Junior Ranger and Lifeguard Program
Park Resource Protection and Management
The California State Parks Peace Officers are broken up into two types of Law Enforcement officers. The Ranger and the Lifeguard.
Rank Insignia
Chief Deputy Director/

Deputy Director, Park Operations

Deputy Director
Division Chief
Superintendent IV/ Superintendent V
Superintendent III
Superintendent II
Superintendent I
Ranger No Insignia
Cadet No Insignia

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