New Conservation Officers
Nine cadets successfully completed 12 weeks of basic Law Enforcement Training at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy (MLEOTA) followed by an additional 12 weeks of specialized training at the MDWFP Conservation Officer Training Academy (MCOTA) in such areas as:
- GPS/Land Navigation
- Water Survival
- Wilderness First Aid and Tactical Medicine
- Hunting Incident and Boating Accident Investigation
- Search and Rescue Tactics
- Boating and Field Sobriety
- Wildlife Forensics
- Officer Safety and Control Tactics
- Commercial Fishing Enforcement
"Graduating officers to the field is important for Mississippi," says Col. Steve Adcock, MDWFP Chief of Law. "It allows us to further protect the natural resources and heritage we all enjoy, and aids our effort to ensure the safety of Mississippians and our communities."
Graduates will now be paired with experienced officers for field training in the counties in which they have been assigned.
MDWFP Conservation Officers receive the highest specialized training available to state law enforcement and are charged with enforcing natural resource conservation laws in addition to other state and federal laws.