Nine new conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are on the job following 16 weeks of field training.
"Through their training, they've proven that they have the desire, the skill and the professionalism to uphold the laws and regulations to protect and preserve Minnesota’s natural resources,” said Col. Jim Konrad, DNR Enforcement Division director.
The new officers and their field stations are: Lucas Belgard, Albert Lea; Steven Chihak, Spring Valley; Chad Davis, Owatonna; Brent Grewe, Osseo; Brian Holt, Bemidji; Demosthenes Regas, Blackduck; Caleb Silgjord, Sauk Centre; Christopher Tetrault, Isle; and Sean Williams, Ely. All have previous law enforcement experience.
The 16-week field training follows graduation last October from the 12-week Conservation Officer Academy at Camp Ripley. During field training the recruit is paired with an experienced conservation officer to gain on-the-job training for natural resources management and law enforcement-related activities before receiving their initial field station assignment.