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Law Enforcement

  • Michigan conservation officers (COs) are fully commissioned state peace officers who provide natural resources protection and ensure recreational safety, as well as provide general law enforcement duties in the communities they serve. COs are stationed in nearly every county of the state, doing regular patrols and responding to law enforcement needs. COs are also first responders to a variety of natural disasters and emergencies. They are a unique class of law enforcement officer, whose duties include enforcing regulations for outdoor recreational activities such as off-road vehicle use, snowmobiling, boating, hunting and fishing.

  • DNR conservation officers in boat on marine patrolConservation Officer OverviewIn the early days, these officers were charged mainly with enforcing fish and game regulations. The mission of the Department of Natural Resources' Law Enforcement Division has expanded substantially since then and now includes protection of all natural resources and the environment, as well as the health and safety of the public.

Conservation Officer Academy

  • Applications Being TakenInterested in becoming a conservation officer or know someone who is? Click here to learn about the hiring process, the training academy and the job duties of a Michigan conservation officer. We currently are conducting a training academy and our recruit page has more information about what the academy is like. We are currently seeking our next pool of conservation officer recruits. Apply now!
  • Conservation Officer AcademyFollow the progress of the current recruits.
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