New cadets complete wildlife officer training
A Drew County man is among 14 cadets have completed more than 700 hours of intensive training to become wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
David Edwards and 13 others studied at the H.C. “Red” Morris Training Center east of Mayflower on Lake Conway.
Major Jason Parker directs the cadet-training program, with many AGFC enforcement officers and staff members serving as instructors. Other experts participate in the teaching of specialized topics. The 14 cadets were chosen from several hundred applicants.
The 16-week training course includes police fundamentals 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 wildlife officers of the AGFC.
Assignment of the new officers will fill several existing vacancies in the AGFC’s enforcement ranks. They will complete their training by going through a field training officer program. Other 2014 graduates and their county assignments are:
Adam Baker, Pulaski; John Cowart, Miller; Mac Davis, Scott; Keith Eaton, Jefferson; Christopher Foshee, Greene; Caldeen Gunter, Yell; Ray Hines, Polk; Shannon McCoskey, Cleveland; Spencer Miller, Nevada; Troy Sayger, Prairie; Jay Thomas, Cross; Jessica Weatherford, Montgomery; and Bradley Wilson, Mississippi.