New Cadets Complete Arkansas Wildlife Officer Training

New Cadets Complete Arkansas Wildlife Officer Training
New Cadets Complete Arkansas Wildlife Officer Training
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Mayflower, LITTLE ROCK, AR –-( Fourteen cadets have completed more than 700 hours of intensive training to become wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

The group studied at the H.C. “Red” Morris Training Center east of Mayflower on Lake Conway. Graduation ceremonies for the 2014 cadet class were held in October.

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. Requirements for wildlife officer cadets include college degrees or law enforcement experience.

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. The 2014 graduates and their county assignments are:

  • David Edwards, Drew County
  • Adam Baker, Pulaski County
  • Bradley Wilson, Mississippi County
  • Caldeen Gunter, Yell County
  • Spencer Miller, Nevada County
  • Keith Eaton, Jefferson County
  • Troy Sayger, Prairie County
  • Christopher Foshee, Greene County
  • Ray Hines, Polk County
  • Jessica Weatherford, Montgomery County
  • Mac Davis, Scott County
  • Shannon McCoskey, Cleveland County
  • Jay Thomas, Cross County
  • John Cowart, Miller County