Two from Calvert join Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice ranks

The Calvert Recorder - - News -

The ranks of the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice grew by 44 of­fi­cers —the largest in­crease in man­power in 13 years — in re­cent grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies. The ad­di­tions come as the state’s con­ser­va­tion law en­force­ment agency cel­e­brates its 150th an­niver­sary, a press re­lease states.

Thirty-two re­cruits took the oath of of­fice Nov. 3 and re­ceived their badges from Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Col. Robert K. “Ken” Ziegler Jr. The new of­fi­cers re­ceived seven months of train­ing at the agency’s live-in academy, based at the Mary­land Po­lice and Cor­rec­tions fa­cil­ity in Sykesville.

Among the 32 new of­fi­cers are Jan­ice Lopez of Lusby and Luke San­terre of Port Re­pub­lic.

“The sus­tain­abil­ity of Mary­land’s nat­u­ral re­sources is ‘ job one’ for all of us,” Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Sec­re­tary Mark Bel­ton told the grad­u­ates, as quoted in the re­lease. “We need man­agers to set goals and sci­en­tists to in­form our de­ci­sions and poli­cies. It falls upon the men and women of the Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice to en­force those de­ci­sions so that fu­ture generations have the same valu­able out­door ex­pe­ri­ences we en­joy.”

The key­note ad­dress was given by FBI Spe­cial Agent in Charge Gor­don John­son, a Fred­er­ick na­tive who su­per­vises the Bal­ti­more field of­fice.

The new of­fi­cers have been as­signed to pa­trol districts across the state and will com­plete their for­mal po­lice train­ing in the field un­der the su­per­vi­sion of ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cers. The Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice has the same ju­ris­dic­tion and author­ity as Mary­land State Po­lice, and also en­forces fish, game and boat­ing laws, and is the state’s lead agency for mar­itime home­land se­cu­rity around bridges, power plants and the Port of Bal­ti­more.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice also wel­comed 12 of­fi­cers who trans­ferred from other law en­force­ment agen­cies in a Oct. 26 cer­e­mony at the Mary­land Po­lice and Cor­rec­tions fa­cil­ity in Sykesville.

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New grad­u­ates join the Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice ranks.

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