CPW welcomes newly commissioned officers
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
“Pinning the badge is a symbolic and significant step in an officer’s career with CPW,” said CPW’s Law Enforcement and Public Safety Director, Heather Dugan, who administered the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Oath prior to the pinning of badges.
Dugan told the new officers, “From now on, each time you pin that badge on, you must earn your badge every day.”
These officers will be a mentor and role model in any community where they serve. The community they serve depends upon further training and the mentorship of CPW’s training facilitators.
The four-month law enforcement training at Arapahoe Community College included coursework six days a week, with regular practical tests and exams covering 30 credit hours. As a result the officers are prepared to start the CPW field operations portion of their training and and learn how to serve the citizens of Colorado as a CPW officer.
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 beyond the places they live and work.
CPW Director Bob Broscheid, who leads the agency in its efforts to perpetuate the wildlife natural resources of the state, provide quality state parks, and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources, counts on this.
“Protecting the natural resources of the great State of Colorado is a truly noble calling,” said Broscheid. “CPW officers are natural resource providers that use law enforcement as a tool.”
In his remarks, Broscheid told the new officers they will have the opportunity to serve people, who work hard, raise families, and enjoy the freedoms and rights afforded and guaranteed in the United States Constitution.
But this service will come with sacrifice, including late hours, working holidays and exposure to extreme and dangerous elements common to the great Colorado outdoors.
According to the job description, CPW officers are expected to become multi-faceted in their ability to contact and interact with violators, issue warnings or citations, and check anglers, hunters, and visitors for permits. Another key role in the job is to provide visitor services such as interpretive services, natural resources management, and operation of visitor and user programs.
After the badge pinning and swearing-in ceremony new officers rotate through a variety of field locations for several months of further training before interviewing with park and wildlife managers for their final placement at one of the 42 state parks or 136 designated wildlife manager districts around the state.
CPW officers are unique because in addition to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), they must also train for the dynamic landscape of managing Colorado’s wildlife resources and state parks.
To learn more about the law enforcement department visit the CPW website at: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/LawEnforcement.aspx
To learn more about the responsbilities of being a park ranger or wildlife officer, future position notifications, and opportunities visit the CPW website at: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Careers07.aspx and http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/Careers05.aspx.