Michigan DNR to graduate 24 new conservation officers Friday

Contact: Lt. Jason Wicklund, 906-284-0977
Agency: Natural Resources

Dec. 17, 2018

Twenty-four new conservation officers will join the ranks of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Friday in a graduation ceremony in Lansing. The members of Recruit School #9 began the 23-week academy July 15 and have received law enforcement training to graduate with their Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards certification, in addition to specialized training in conservation law.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m.

WHERE: Michigan State Police Training Academy, 7426 N. Canal Road, Lansing (Upon arrival, media representatives should sign in at front desk and will be directed to appropriate room.)

SPEAKERS: DNR Director Keith Creagh, DNR Law Enforcement Chief Gary Hagler, academy staff and recruit award recipients.

DNR Conservation Officer Academy Background

  • The conservation officer recruiting process is highly selective. Thirty candidates were chosen from nearly 500 applicants for Recruit School #9 – 24 are planned to graduate from the academy.
  • This class includes six women and 18 men. Three recruits are from the Upper Peninsula and 21 from the Lower Peninsula; two are military veterans.
  • Recruits spent 23 weeks at the Michigan State Police Training Academy and received specialized training in firearms, subject control, arrest procedures, outdoor survival, emergency vehicle operation (including off-road vehicles), water rescue, first aid, criminal law, fish and game and environmental law and enforcement, handling domestic complaints, report writing, alcohol enforcement, crime scene protection and processing and executing search warrants.
  • Created in 1887, the DNR Law Enforcement Division is Michigan’s oldest statewide law enforcement agency.
  • The DNR is budgeted for 252 conservation officers who serve in a number of capacities and functions statewide to protect Michigan’s natural resources and ensure public safety.
Read more about the DNR conservation officer academy and view pictures in the weekly blog posts at michigan.gov/conservationofficers
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to michigan.gov/dnr