RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Jon Evans to Training Director, with a rank of captain and responsibilities for training and instruction within the Division of Law Enforcement.
Capt. Evans will manage all regulatory instruction, investigative schools and performance courses, and conduct the Wildlife Officer Academy (need to create flipbook page), a rigorous 19-week accredited academy required for all wildlife officer candidates. In addition, he will manage the annual 24-hour minimum, in-service training requirement as mandated for all state law enforcement officers, including all wildlife officers.
Evans, a 15-year veteran with the Commission, had served as a sergeant in Alamance County, with duties enforcing hunting, inland fishing and boating regulations, as well as instructing in boating education and hunter safety courses.
“The demands for being a wildlife officer today are stringent and quite varied,” said Capt. Evans. “There is so much more than just fish and game enforcement in an officer’s career. There are aspects of boating operation and procedures; there is self-defense and PT (physical training). A wildlife officer must stay current in first aid, emergency response and rescue techniques. There are drug and alcohol enforcement procedures, and much more. Investigative techniques are a large part of training updates.”
Evans has been often lauded for his conservation and public safety efforts. He was most recently named the 2011 Wildlife Officer of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He is also the state's N.C. Wildlife Federation’s officer of the year, awarded on Aug. 27 at the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards banquet.
Capt. Evans and his wife Jennifer have two children, a daughter, Katie, 9 years old and a 7-year-old son, Andrew.
Sportsmen and the public can assist wildlife officers in their duties by reporting violations anytime by calling 1-800-662-7137. Callers can remain anonymous.