Media Contact: Mitch Kuykendall, Training Director
SALEMBURG, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2010) – On August 26, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed 15 new wildlife officers into the ranks of the Division of Law Enforcement, with the mission to enforce game, fish and boating laws and to protect the resources of the state and the safety of its citizens.
The officers and their hometowns and counties are:
- Brandon Barbee, Richfield, Stanly County
- Tyler Campbell, Catawba, Catawba County
- Brandon Coffey, Granite Falls, Caldwell County
- Justin Covil, Lynn, Polk County
- Dustin Ethridge, Morganton, Burke County
- Dee Hubbard, Granite Falls, Caldwell County
- Branden Jones, Saluda, Polk County
- Michael King, Asheboro, Randolph County
- William Parrish, Clinton, Sampson County
- Michael Paxinos, Pikeville, Wayne County
- Carson Rogers, Hendersonville, Henderson County
- Andrew Smith, Lansing, Ashe County
- Kyle Van Althuis, Sherburne, N.Y.
- Jamie D. Wood, Wallace, Duplin County
- Johnny Young Jr., Linwood, Davidson County
Recruits undergo a demanding basic training of 19 weeks – more than 800 hours – of rigorous and intensive training. Qualification is required on the firing range, on a pursuit driving course and upon water. Defensive tactics, investigation and communications skills must be mastered and a thorough knowledge of natural resources, including fish and game species, must be demonstrated.
Upon graduation from special training at the North Carolina Justice Academy, the Class of 2010 will undertake six months of on-the-job training under the watchful eye of a field training officer. Upon completion of field duty, they will receive a permanent duty station assignment.