New FWC Academy Graduate David Lilley
LABELLE, FL. -- It�s a tough job, but somebody�s got to do it, and a new class of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement graduates are only too happy to take on the task.
26 FWC recruits were sworn in, including David Lilley who will be stationed in Hendry county, and all are ready to get into their trucks and boats and onto their airboats and ATVs to begin their jobs in the woods and on the waters of the state.
The FWC recruits became officers after graduating from the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Tallahassee. Justice Ricky Polston of the Florida Supreme Court was the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony.
The new officers attended the academy for six months and received a wide array of training, which included accuracy with firearms, vessel operation, defensive tactics, all-terrain vehicle operation and BUI/DUI identification. They will spend an additional 14 weeks with a field-training officer.
The FWC's Division of Law Enforcement protects and manages more than 575 species of wildlife and more than 700 species of fish. The division patrols 34 million acres of public and private land, 8,400 detailed miles of tidal shoreline, 3 million acres of lakes and 12,000 miles of rivers and streams. FWC officers are authorized to enforce all state laws and federal fisheries and wildlife laws.