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Journal: The Shield  Volume:3  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1994)  Pages:14-19
Corporate Author: New Jersey Auxiliary Police Officers Assoc, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 6
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The article describes New Jersey's use of 110 volunteer deputy conservation officers (DCOs) to enforce wildlife laws.
Abstract: Each DCO accompanies one of the 200 salaried full-time conservation officers of the New Jersey Fish, Game, and Wildlife Division. They inspect hunting bags, make road checks in wildlife management areas, and enforce the ban on night-time deerhunting. At the same time, they have discovered numerous other offenses: illegal catching and selling of snakes and turtles, drug-dealing, car chopping operations, and even murders. After passing a 200-plus hours course on weekends, the DCOs are well prepared for their office; they learn search and seizure, patrol, first aid, PR-24, wildlife law, and the handling of firearms. Many of the DCOs also contribute valuable skills from their private lives: legal expertise, computer skills, dog handling skills, and airplane piloting skills. Both professionals and volunteers emphasize how crucial their assistance is; without their help, it would hardly be possible for the small number of salaried conservation officers to fulfill their myriad duties. The article includes numerous photographs.
Main Term(s): Police department volunteers
Index Term(s): Environmental offenses; Police volunteer training; State police
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