Upcoming events

    • February 25, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • February 27, 2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismark Arkansas

    Don’t miss this outstanding park profession conference and training provided at the Park Law Enforcement Association 2020 Annual Conference. Next year Arkansas State Parks will be hosting our annual training conference at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck Arkansas near Hot Springs and Little Rock February 25th - 27th, 2020. 

    PLEA Annual Training Conference

    February 25-27, 2020

    DeGray Lake Resort State Park


    Sunday, February 23

    Golf for early arrivals. Available all day. Please RSVP with Brad DePriest at Brad.DePriest@arkansas.gov.

    3:00 PM - Eagle Tour via boat on DeGray Lake for early arrivals.

    Monday, February 24

    8 AM – 3PM – Board of Directors Meeting – PLEA Executive Board and Board Members.

    3:00 PM – Eagle tour via boat on DeGray Lake for early arrivals.

    4-7:00 PM – Registration in DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge Lobby.

    Tuesday, February 25

    6:30 AM -7:45 AM- Breakfast (On your own)

    7:00 AM -8:00AM – Registration and Meet & Greet – Lobby.

    8:15 AM – Opening Ceremonies. Welcome by PLEA President and Host Agency.
    Colors and pledge by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Honor Guard - Caddo Room.

    8:30 AM – 9:30 AM –What to do when things don’t go as planned. – Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann.

    9:30 AM – Morning Break

    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Drone Technology/AGFC Special Operations - Brian Aston & Steve Paul.

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

    1:00 PM - Hog Depredation Management Planning and Strategies – Paul Butler, Superintendent Moro Bay State Park.

    3:00PM – Afternoon Break

    3:15 PM - 5:00 PM –Search and Rescue Planning and Implementation for Successful Outcomes Stewart Carlton, Superintendent Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park.

    Wednesday, February 26

    6:30 a.m. - 7:45- Breakfast, Shoreline Restaurant (on your own).

    8:00 AM Meet outside the lobby for bus transportation. 

    9:00 AM – Arrive at Historic Washington for Trial by Jury.

    11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Lunch Provided.

    12:45 PM – Depart for Crater of Diamonds State Park. The only public diamond mine in the world!

    1:30 PM – Arrive at the Crater of Diamonds State Park and mine for diamonds. Yes, mine for diamonds that you can take home.

    4:00 PM – Depart for DeGray Lake Resort State Park.

    5:00 PM – Arrive at DeGray Lake Resort State Park.

    Thursday, February 27

    6:30 AM -7:45 AM -Breakfast (Shoreline Restaurant) – On your own.

    8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman – Bulletproof Mind  

    10:00 AM – Break

    10:15 AM – Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman – Bulletproof Mind 

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch (on your own)

    1:00 PM – Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman – Bulletproof Mind 

    3:00 PM – Break

    3:15 PM – 5:00 PM – Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman – Bulletproof Mind 

    6:30 PM -8:30 PM – Awards Banquet – DEGRAY ROOM.  Dinner is provided.

    Friday, February 28   

     6:30 a.m. -8:00 a.m. - Breakfast (On your own)

    11AM Checkout

    Click here>> 2020 Plea Conference Agenda.docx

    Keynote Speaker Lt.Colonel Dave Grossman

    Presents 'The Bulletproof Mind'

    A retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Dave is an internationally recognized scholar, author, and speaker who is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.  He is also one of the nation’s leading law enforcement trainers.  Dave is a former Army Ranger, West Point psychology professor, and Professor of Military Science who drew on his combined experience to establish a new field of scientific endeavor that he has named “Killology”.  He has served as an expert witness and consultant in numerous federal and state courts, including the United States vs. Timothy McVeigh.

    Presentation Outline and Bio. Click here>>>Feature Speaker Bio.doc

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    Hotel Information

    DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge

    On its own island off the north shore of DeGray Lake, the lodge at DeGray Lake Resort State Park is centrally located within the park and offers guests sweeping views of the lake in a comfortable atmosphere. Just minutes from the lodge and the park campgrounds are the wide variety of outdoor activities offered at DeGray Lake Resort State Park. Experience the adventure and outdoor fun of an Arkansas state park combined with the amenities of a first-class resort.

    Each of the 96 guest rooms features a flat screen television with satellite programming, complimentary Wi-Fi and hard-wire Internet access, a mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hairdryers, and iron with ironing board. Additional amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool (available seasonally), playground, sand volleyball court, bicycle rentals, gift shop, lighted walking path, and day-use courtesy dock. Explore the Island Trail which follows the western shoreline of the island.

    To further enhance your stay, the lodge includes a spacious lobby, conference center, business center, fitness center, indoor hot tub, and the Shoreline Restaurant

    The lodge is a 100-percent smoke-free facility. Complimentary use of 10 amp charging pedestals is available for lodge guests with boats.

    Pet Policy: A limited number of dog-friendly rooms are available and must be reserved in advance. Special restrictions and guidelines apply. Please contact the Lodge directly for information and reservations if traveling with your dog. 

    Please note: The lodge pool, hot tub and fitness center are available for registered guests of the lodge only. Camping guests are invited to use the business center and dine in the restaurant. The Caddo Bend area, located within the park, is equipped with a playground and swimming beach areas.

    For reservations call: 501-865-5850.

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