43 New Graduates Make Up California Wildlife Officer Academy Class

The following is courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

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California Wildlife Officer Academy Graduates 43 Wildlife Officers

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Wildlife Officer Academy graduated 43 cadets today in Paradise, Butte County.

The academy is California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified and offers training consistent with every law enforcement agency in California. In 2008, CDFW partnered with Butte College to provide peace officer academy training for prospective wildlife officers. That partnership provided CDFW with a state-of-the-art POST-certified academy facility with nearly 50 years of police training history.

“One of the best days of the year for us is adding a graduating class of wildlife officers to CDFW’s Law Enforcement Division,” said David Bess, CDFW Deputy Director and Chief of Law Enforcement. “It is a pleasure to see 43 eager graduates ready to support our mission to protect California’s natural resources and provide public safety through effective and responsive law enforcement.”

The newly sworn peace officers will soon begin a Field Training Program where they will apply their academy training under the immediate supervision of seasoned field training officers (FTO). Field training with experienced FTOs is also mandated by POST to be sure new wildlife officers can apply the skills they learned during the academy to real life circumstances. FTO is the final stage of formal training. Upon successful completion, these officers will begin patrolling California to protect the natural resources of this great state.

The wildlife officers will be deployed across the Law Enforcement Division’s programs: regular patrol, marine enforcement, investigation of petroleum spills and response, and cannabis enforcement, to name a few.

The Law Enforcement Division is hiring. For more information about becoming a wildlife officer, please visit  www.wildlife.ca.gov/enforcement.