March 15, 2017: Michigan Conservation Officer Appreciation Day

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan considers the protection of its residents, environment and natural resources to be among its highest priorities; and,

WHEREAS, our state is fortunate to have the leadership of the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division in these noble pursuits; and,

WHEREAS, the DNR Law Enforcement Division was created in 1887, making it Michigan’s oldest statewide law enforcement agency; and,

WHEREAS, the DNR Law Enforcement Division continually evolves to successfully meet emerging challenges, accept new missions and deliver premier customer service; and,

WHEREAS, the Division is comprised of highly trained and motivated conservation officers who are fully commissioned state peace officers, working every day to protect our cultural and natural resources, ensure recreational safety and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve; and,

WHEREAS, the men and women of the DNR Law Enforcement Division can be found in every corner of our state, serving with bravery, honor and distinction in locations ranging from inner cities to the deep woods and the Great Lakes; and,

WHEREAS, this year marks the 130th anniversary of this elite agency and Michigan Conservation Officer Appreciation Day is an opportunity to show our support for conservation officers and the countless services they provide;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2017 as Michigan Conservation Officer Appreciation Day.