Conservation Officer Academy

  • The training academy trains prospective conservation officers for 22 weeks, followed by 18 weeks of basic law enforcement training and an additional 4 weeks of specialized training in the areas of marine, ORV, fish and game, and waterfowl enforcement. Candidates for the academy are selected after a thorough screening and interview process. Due to the focus on natural-resource and environmental protection, and the variety of issued equipment, Michigan COs are among the most highly trained and well-equipped law enforcement officers in the nation.

DNR Conservation Officers: Shields of Gold

2017 Conservation Officer Academy Blog

  • DNR, LED, Conservation Officer recruits Week 3: July 30-August 5, 2017

    If there’s a medical emergency on the water, in the woods or on the street, don’t be surprised if a Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer is first on the scene. As explained in a brief video, conservation officers are not emergency medical technicians (EMTs), but often serve as first responders due to their extensive training, statewide coverage area and fleet of specialized vehicles that enables them to access remote areas....more about week 3


  • Week 2: July 23-29, 2017

    Week 2 of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Recruit School introduced recruits to the basics of precision driving.  It was the most adrenaline-pumping, pulse-pounding training the class received to date....more about week 2


  • Week 1: July 16-22, 2017

    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will turn out two things when its Conservation Officer Recruit School concludes in December. One is the highest-quality conservation officer possible. The other is the highest-quality person possible. The priorities are not necessarily in that order....more about week 1

  • Candidates report for 23 weeks of training.

    As the new arrivals lined the walkway Sunday night, awaiting the instructor’s command to enter the Department of Natural Resources 8th Recruit School, it was instilled in them that what they are about to go through will shape the way they conduct themselves for the rest of their lives....more about first night