Not many have what it takes to become part of the Law Enforcement Section of the Wildlife Resources Division. One must complete 18 weeks of law enforcement training just to become a Conservation Ranger and certified Peace Officer. In reality, the training never ends for our rangers.
Major Stephen Adams of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently attended a 10 week program with law enforcement officers from around the globe at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. The purpose of the Academy is “to support, promote and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic and contemporary challenges.”
Maj. Adams and his classmates were put to the test mentally and physically. The program offers classes through the University of Virginia in criminal justice related fields, but classroom courses are just part of what the program offers. Attendees also took part in a 34-mile swim challenge, strongman competition and the rigorous “Yellow Brick Road” course, where participants weathered various element, obstacles and environments.
All of our Conservation Rangers can attest their training truly is 365 days a year. While it is a strenuous job, programs like the one Maj. Adams participated in, allow the Wildlife Resources Division to continually enhance and educate our Law Enforcement Section.
Note: Special thanks to Maj. Stephen Adams of the WRD’s Law Enforcement Section for his contributions to this post.