RALEIGH — Twenty-one cadets were sworn in as wildlife law enforcement officers by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at a graduation ceremony held at Campbell University on Thursday. During the ceremony, which celebrated the Commission’s 55th Basic School graduation, each cadet took an oath to enforce criminal laws, including conservation and boating laws, and to faithfully and impartially execute the duties of a law enforcement officer in North Carolina.
Each new wildlife officer will now begin six months of on-the-job training under the supervision of a veteran wildlife officer. Upon completion of field training, each officer will be assigned a permanent duty station.
The local graduating officers are listed, along with their county of assignment: John Dooley of Saranac Lake, New York (Wilkes County); and William Shepherd of Wilkes County (Iredell County).
“Today’s graduation celebrates the accomplishment of these newly-sworn officers successfully completing 27 weeks of intensive training,” said Col. Jon Evans. “These new officers will now move into field training where they will apply the knowledge and skills they have spent the past six months learning. We look forward to them joining our ranks in the field and to the contributions they will make conserving our state’s wildlife resources, promoting safe, responsible boating and providing quality education throughout North Carolina.”
All wildlife law enforcement officer trainees are required to pass an extensive background, psychological and physical screening before entering an intensive accredited academy conducted by the Law Enforcement Division. The majority of the training is held at the N.C. Justice Academy in Salemburg. Officers complete conservation-specific training on fish and wildlife laws, motorboat accident investigation and protected species. Instruction covers statutory and investigation procedures, defensive tactics, fish and game laws, and pursuit driving and boating.
The commission’s Law Enforcement Division is now accepting applications for wildlife law enforcement officers for the 56th N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Basic School. Visit www.governmentjobs.com for more information.