Colorado Parks and Wildlife welcomes 23 newly commissioned officers to the agency
Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissioned 23 new officers at Friday’s swearing-in and badge pinning ceremony held at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities.
As park rangers and wildlife officers, sworn to protect the integrity of Colorado’s natural resources and promote safety to the public, their impact will reach well beyond the places they live and work.
“We are a collection of individuals called to serve this state,” CPW Director Dan Prenzlow told the 2019 class. “We need to serve, teach and guide the people of this state in conservation and management. You will have a tremendous impact on the public.
“Remember who we serve and listen to them. You have an opportunity to give back to people like yourselves, and always remember that.”
Becoming a CPW officer involves dedication and sacrifice, including late hours, working holidays and exposure to extreme and dangerous elements common to the great Colorado outdoors.
CPW officers must be multi-faceted in their abilities to build community relationships and enhance public trust, contact and interact with violators, issue warnings or citations, check fishing and hunting licenses and ensure recreational vehicles have proper permits and registration. They also play a key role in providing visitor services such as interpretive programs, natural resources management and operation of visitor and user programs.
After completing the Peace Officer Standards and Training program and being sworn in, new officers rotate through a variety of field locations for several additional months of training. Officers will then interview with park and wildlife managers before earning their final placement at one of the 41 state parks or 136 designated wildlife districts around the state. The community they serve depends upon further training and the mentorship of CPW’s training facilitators, though these officers will be a mentor and role model in any community where they serve.
Of the 2019 Class of 23 officers, 13 are commissioned on the parks side and 10 on the wildlife side. Together, their primary duty is to promote the mission of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.That is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.
To learn more about the law enforcement department visit the CPW website at: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/LawEnforcement.aspx.