Becoming a Conservation Police Officer
Throughout my life I have called the wild of mother nature's outdoors my home away from home. Growing up, hunting and fishing have been of my favorite activities. Through this I have found a love and attraction to Virginia's great outdoors. During my time spent outdoors I have encourntered many different Conservation Police Officers(CPO). Around five years ago, I found myself greatly attracted to the idea of becoming a CPO. With my experience and love for the outdoors it has become my dream to enforce wildlife and boating laws, protect our natural resources, and train to become a Conservation Police Officer. Now the time has come to fulfill this dream.
You are probably asking yourself what exactly is a CPO? Conservation Police Officers(formally known as Game Wardens) are the law enforcers of mother nature and her wild. The main duties of CPOs are to protect and maintain the state's natural resources as well as provide the public safety and services needed. Game Wardens spend most of their time on land, but also take the role in enforcing boating laws and investigation accidents. Unlike state, city, and county police officers CPOs are unique in using any form of transportation needed to get to a desired area. They have a wide range of transportation ranging from their feet to boats, jet skis and atvs. Officers are required to enter the most rugged and remote areas in their assigned work place.
Becoming a CPO is a very difficult and tedious accomplishemnt. The first part to achieving this task is education. Each of more than one hundred applicants must posses a high school diploma or general education diploma to be able to become a CPO. Many applicants attend college for two to four years. In college students take Criminal Justice courses along with prerequisit courses. Additionally applicants will be required to take classes taught by experienced teachers and mentors at a training academy....