CO Training Academy: Week 1 - July 15-20
Anxiety was a common feeling among the eight women and 22 men lined up in formation outside the Michigan State Police Training Academy in Lansing Sunday, July 15, ready to begin a 23-week journey toward becoming Department of Natural Resources conservation officers.
CO Training Academy: Week 2 - July 22-27
Continuing to perfect the 5 a.m. wakeup call followed by physical fitness and room inspections, recruits spent the first three days of the week in legal training with David Greydanus, retired Michigan State Police inspector. Inspector Greydanus gave a review of court functions and legal terminology from the previous week before introducing crimes against property.
CO Training Academy: Week 3 - July 29-Aug. 3
The members of Conservation Officer Training Academy Recruit School #9 wasted no time preparing their rooms and uniforms for inspection Sunday evening. Recruits are learning to efficiently use every second to meet demands of the academy – balancing legal and survival tactic studies, assigned work detail, physical fitness and more.
CO Training Academy: Week 5 - Aug. 12-17
During week five of the Conservation Officer Training Academy, Recruit School #9 would learn Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVO) and Emergency Vehicle Maneuvers (EVM) – skills necessary to avoid vehicle impacts and collisions.
CO Training Academy: Week 7 - Aug. 26-31
Recruit School #9 began wearing duty belts as part of their uniform during week seven of the Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Training Academy. The duty belt is an essential part of a conservation officer’s uniform – adding 15-20 pounds of equipment. Incorporating the duty belt now will enhance a recruit’s ability to dress and respond promptly to situations as a conservation officer.
CO Training Academy: Week 15 - Oct. 21-26
During week 15, recruits learned about domestic violence law and traffic crash investigations and procedures – situations that can be emotionally and physically taxing for any law enforcement officer.
CO Training Academy: Week 16 - Oct. 28-Nov. 2
Recruit School 9 of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy started week 16 by bringing food donations for communities across Michigan. The 24 recruits collected more than 1,300 non-perishable food items to contribute to the Michigan Harvest Gathering.
CO Training Academy: Week 17 - Nov. 4-9
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy recruits returned to Camp Grayling for off-road vehicle training during week 17. It was the third and final trip the recruits would take to Camp Grayling before graduation Dec. 21.
CO Training Academy: Week 18 - Nov. 13-16
Week 18 focused on recognizing individuals impaired by alcohol, drugs and other controlled substances. This is an important part of a conservation officer’s training, as COs often come into contact with people who are under the influence while recreating. Alcohol is one of the leading factors of accidents involving boats and personal watercrafts, off-road vehicles and snowmobiles. It’s a CO’s job to ensure public safety is maintained while people are out enjoying Michigan’s great outdoors.
CO Training Academy: Week 19 - Nov. 18-21
Recruit School 9 of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy woke bright and early Monday morning to complete circuit exercises in the gym. As recruits near the Dec. 21 graduation, it’s important that they continue a dedicated physical fitness regimen.
CO Training Academy: Week 20 - Nov. 25-30
During week 20 of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy, recruits continued their firearm training from week 14, using their Sig Sauer .40-caliber pistols.
CO Training Academy: Week 23 - Dec. 17-21
Over the past 22 weeks, the recruits of the Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Academy have been challenged mentally and physically; however, week 23 brought their most important challenge – the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards licensing exam.