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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Creates Conservation Officer Appreciation Day

Monday, 20 March 2017 17:21

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed Wednesday, March 15, as Michigan Conservation Officer Appreciation Day in recognition of the brave men and women who serve in the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division. Two men flanked by flags hold a framed proclamation. The division was created in 1887, making it Michigan’s oldest statewide law enforcement agency. Conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers. They are best known for their environmental and natural resources protection responsibilities, but they also ensure recreational safety and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve.

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Maine Warden Service Graduates Ten New Game Wardens

Friday, 28 April 2017 13:23

Vassalboro, ME (WAGM) Today, the Maine Warden Service graduated ten new game wardens at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The new wardens recently completed an extensive 12-week advanced academy specifically for Maine’s game wardens. The Advanced Warden Academy followed the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) required of all full-time Maine police officers. The past 12 weeks prepared the new wardens by utilizing classroom, field and scenario based training components.

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SD Game, Fish & Parks To Equip Conservation Officers, Park Rangers With Body Cameras

Friday, 28 April 2017 13:32

The next time you encounter a conservation officer with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks… smile, because you’ll likely be recorded. More than 70 department employees will soon have body cameras, including all officers and park rangers. Marty Pennock has been a conservation officer with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks for 24 years. Pennock said, “I love the outdoors. I love the public. I love the interaction with people.” The job takes him all over the southeast portion of the state. His region alone covers 20 counties in South Dakota. “What we’re doing is checking for compliance,” said Pennock. “Making contacts with landowners, enforcing rules and regulations within the state.” Pennock says the job often takes officers far away from their vehicles. So rather than having cameras on their trucks or boats, they will all be equipped with body cameras.

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Police Say Man Assaulted Fish and Boat Officers

Friday, 28 April 2017 13:36

A man is facing multiple charges after police say he resisted arrest and assaulted two Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission conservation officers. According to a criminal complaint, Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday to the Spring Creek Canyon access on Spring Creek Road in Benner Township where the two conservation officers said they had observed a man, later identified as Terrance S. Reese, 26, sitting on a tree stump near the creek with his head between his legs.

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Fish and Game welcomes new K9 officer

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:31
The newest member of the state Fish and Game Department definitely will work for food.
 
Cora the black Lab and her handler, Conservation Officer James Benvenuti, recently completed a six-week training and certification program at Vermont Criminal Justice Training Center. They’ve been training together since last fall, and this was the final step in becoming a certified team.
 
“She’s ready to go to work,” Benvenuti said.
 
Cora and Benvenuti, who are based out of the Region 3 office in Durham, are now certified in evidence/article detection (finding objects that contain human scent as well as shell casings and gunpowder), fish and wildlife detection (fish, venison and turkey) and tracking.
Benvenuti said his 13-month-old dog excels at fish detection. Cora has already been on the job, checking fishermen’s coolers at boat launches, where she’s been “well received,” he said.

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Conservation Officer James Benvenuti and his dog Cora are the newest addition to Fish and Game's K9 Conservation Corps. (Courtesy/Bri Benvenuti)

 

Texas Game Wardens Aid in Houston Area Flood Response

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:14

HOUSTON – Texas game wardens have been busy responding to devastating floods that inundated a dozen southeast Texas counties over the last few days, conducting over 170 water rescues of individuals and families who were caught in the quickly rising waters.

“The Texas game wardens’ knowledge of the waterways and back country areas have allowed them to quickly locate and rescue those who have been trapped by the floods ,” said Texas Game Warden Maj. William Skeen. “Conditions out there have been difficult, but I’m very proud of the efforts by our game wardens, they have saved many lives. Regardless of how dangerous it is, our men and women will stay engaged with local communities and state response efforts until this event is over."

Wardens were dispatched in all affected counties, including: Palo Pinto, Parker, Johnson, Harris, Waller, Austin, Montgomery, Grimes, Fayette, Colorado, Falls and Milam. In addition to water rescues, wardens conducted 78 evacuations, rescued 27 pets, 240 welfare checks and assisted in the recovery of one fatality in Waller County.

For over 100 years, Texas Game Wardens have provided professional law enforcement, search and rescue and water safety while working to conserve and protect our natural resources. Texas Game Wardens respond locally to natural disasters and also operate a statewide search and rescue team. Game wardens also work closely with the Texas Division of Emergency Management during large-scale disasters.

Georgia DNR officer wins national recognition

Friday, 22 September 2017 15:02

For the second time in three years, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources officer was named top boating law enforcement officer in the nation.

Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Cpl. Bart Hendrix, who is assigned to Cherokee County, was honored last week at the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators 58th annual conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, with its highest award, Boating Officer of the Year, for his outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement.

Hendrix has been with Georgia DNR Law Enforcement for 11 years and lives in Cherokee County.

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New Fish and Game Conservation K9 trainee makes her debut

Friday, 22 September 2017 15:06

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's K-9 Conservation Corps has a lively new recruit.

"Moxie" is a 9-week-old Labrador retriever donated by Wes and Belinda Reed of Rise and Shine Retrievers in Barnstead.

This is the second donation made by the Reeds to the department through the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.

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