MAYFLOWER - Eighteen cadets have completed over 800 hours of
intensive training to become wildlife officers with the Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission.
The group studied at the H.C. (Red) Morris Training Center east of
Mayflower on Lake Conway. Graduation ceremonies for the 2005 cadet
class took place on Friday, Mar. 10 at the Conway Antioch Baptist
Capt. Terry McGuire and Sgt. Jason Parker direct the cadet-training
program, with many other commission enforcement officers and other
staff members serving as instructors. Other experts participate in
the teaching of specialized topics. The 18 cadets were chosen from
several hundred applicants. Requirements for wildlife officer cadets
include college degrees or law enforcement experience.
The 20-week training course includes police fundamentals as related
to wildlife work, training in proficiency with a variety of
firearms, first aid and rescue basics, drug enforcement procedures
and physical conditioning. The new wildlife officers have state
commissions as officers with full police authority, as do the other
150-plus wildlife officers of the Game and Fish Commission.
Assignment of the new officers will fill several existing vacancies
in the Commission’s enforcement ranks. They will be assigned to
wildlife officer positions around the state, working at first under