PINEHURST, N.C. (July 19, 2021) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Law Enforcement Division will swear in 18 new wildlife law enforcement officers at a graduation ceremony tomorrow, July 20, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Pinehurst located at 7373 Hwy. 211 in West End.
The ceremony will celebrate the 57th Basic School graduating class of the Wildlife Commission. Each new officer will take an oath to enforce criminal laws, including conservation and boating laws, and to faithfully and impartially execute the duties of a law enforcement officer in North Carolina.
After graduation, each new wildlife officer will begin six months of on-the-job training under the supervision of a veteran wildlife officer. Upon completion of field training, each officer will be assigned a permanent duty station.
The graduating officers are:
All wildlife law enforcement officer trainees 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 basic law enforcement training is held at the N.C. Department of Public Safety Samarcand Training Academy in Jackson Springs. 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.
More information about careers in wildlife enforcement is available on the agency’s website, ncwildlife.org.lawenforcement.