Nine conservation officer candidates will begin training Wednesday, March 28 as part of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Conservation Officer Academy, including a McLeod County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Officials say it’s the first Conservation Officer Academy since 2008, and the 13th class since academy training began at Camp Ripley in 1994. Currently, 20 of DNR’s 155 conservation officer field stations are vacant.
The academy curriculum includes 12 weeks training in fish and wildlife laws, rules of evidence, patrol procedures, search and rescue, and fish and wildlife investigation.
McLeod County Sheriff’s Deputy Jennifer Mueller will be among those officers.
“This is a strong class of candidates who will be provided some of the best natural resources protection training in the nation,” said Col. Jim Konrad, DNR Enforcement Division director.
Upon graduation, the new conservation officers spend 16 weeks in field training with a veteran conservation officer before being assigned their first station.
Another academy is planned for this fall.