Conservation Officer Recruits To Train In BC

A dozen Conservation Officer Service recruits from British Columbia have begun an intensive, 16-week training program at the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy at CFB Esquimalt’s Albert Head training area.

A total of 20 recruits from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be training together at the academy.

“This year, B.C. is fortunate to be hosting the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy,” said Environment Minister Murray Coell. “Over the years, the academy has graduated dozens of natural resource enforcement officers and created a vibrant, efficient and viable system to ensure there is a steady stream of competent, trained and qualified candidates available to fill an incredibly important role in our society.”

This year, the academy has moved to Greater Victoria from its former location at Hinton, Alberta. The recruits will take advanced investigator training, firearms and defensive tactics courses, emergency survival and swift-water rescue training, as well as four-wheel drive, emergency vehicle, off-highway vehicle, snowmobile and other training.

This basic training program is the foundation for all conservation officers in Western Canada. This concept of interprovincial partnerships is in its fourth year, and is a success for all stakeholders. Instructors come from all four western provinces and the Yukon to share their experiences and skills with the recruits. Upon successful completion of this training, the recruits will graduate as certified officers, return to their jurisdictions for field training and then move on to be deployed.

The Ministry of Environment’s Conservation Officer Service is a public safety provider focused on natural resource law enforcement, and human-wildlife conflicts prevention and response.

For information on the Conservation Officer Service, go to: www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/index.htm. (BC Ministry of Environment)

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