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Sixteen Wildlife Officers Graduate from Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement Training

  • 15 June 2017
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Sixteen Wildlife Officers Graduate from Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement Training
(Front Row from Left to Right) Captain Mickey Little, Hunter D. Foster, Samaria K. Burnette, Taylor A. Cloninger, Ashley M. Stanford, Kayla R. Herrera, Joseph S. Clayton, Brandon C. Golding, Ryan D. Biggerstaff, Lieutenant Sam Craft. (Back Row Left to Right) Garrett A. Gooch, John A. Jones, Philip W. Griffin Jr, Zachary B. Allman, John E. Ashley, Lawrence A. Pipkin, Timothy C. Stacy, Phillip A. Honomichl

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 15, 2017) — Sixteen cadets were sworn in as wildlife officers by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at a graduation ceremony held at Campbell University on Thursday. The 16 new officers were sworn in by North Carolina Superior Court Judge Wayland Sermons. During the ceremony, which celebrated the Commission’s 54th Basic Academy graduation, each cadet took an oath to enforce conservation and boating laws, and to assist those who enjoy wildlife-related recreation and outdoor activities across the state.

The 16 new wildlife officers now begin six months of on-the-job training under supervision of a veteran wildlife officer. Upon completion of field training, each officer will be assigned a permanent duty station.

The graduating officers are:

  • Zachary Banks Allman of Mooresville (Training in Polk County)
  • John Edward Ashley of Ahoskie (Training in Hyde County)
  • Ryan Daniel Biggerstaff of Middlesex (Training in Alamance County)
  • Samaria Karin Burnette of Shannon (Training in Surry County)
  • Joseph Sidney Clayton of St. Pauls (Training in Scotland County)
  • Taylor Ann Cloninger of Jacksonville (Training in Carteret County)
  • Hunter Deams Foster of Burlington (Training in Haywood County)
  • Brandon Cory Golding of Independence, Va. (Training in McDowell County)
  • Garrett Austin Gooch of Troy (Training in Iredell County)
  • Philip Warren Griffin Jr. of Durham (Training in Chatham County)
  • Kayla Racquel Herrera of Raleigh (Training in Onslow County)
  • Phillip Andrew Honomichl of Clayton (Training in Rutherford County)
  • John Anthony Jones of Raleigh (Training in Perquimans County)
  • Lawrence Allen Pipkin of Princeton (Training in Columbus County)
  • Timothy Charles Stacy of Shallotte (Training in Cabarrus County)
  • Ashley Marie Stanford of Roxboro (Training in Davidson County)

“These cadets have been through 28 weeks of intensive training,” said Col. Jon Evans. “Today marks a great accomplishment for each one of them. We look forward to seeing these cadets further hone their skills and become full officers in the near future.”

All wildlife officer candidates are required to pass an extensive background, psychological and physical screening before entering an intensive accredited academy conducted by the Law Enforcement Division. The majority of the training is held at the N.C. Justice Academy in Salemburg. Officers complete conservation-specific training on fish and wildlife laws, motorboat accident investigation and protected species. Instruction covers statutory and investigation procedures, defensive tactics, fish and game laws, and pursuit driving and boating.

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