24 recruits to attend conservation officer training

Associated Press

Lansing — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says 24 recruits are scheduled to attend its conservation officer training academy.

The 22-week academy starts Sunday. It includes 14 weeks of basic police training and eight weeks of specialized conservation officer training.

Following graduation, probationary officers then must complete 18 more weeks of field training.

The recruit class includes military veterans and former law enforcement officers.

DNR Law Enforcement Division chief Gary Hagler says conservation officers protect the state’s natural resources, help in community policing and “often serve as first responders.” They also conduct lifesaving operations such as ice rescue and search and rescue.

Michigan has 213 conservation officers. They are certified police officers with the authority to enforce all of the state’s criminal laws.