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Four state park rangers receive commissions as law enforcement officers

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Pat McCrory, Governor
Donald R. Van Der Vaart, Secretary
Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Friday, April 24, 2015
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Four state park rangers receive commissions as law enforcement officers

Raleigh -- Four new state park rangers received commissions as law enforcement officers at a ceremony April 23 at the state parks system’s west district office at Lake Norman State Park, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

Receiving a commission as a Special Peace Officer at the end of 17-week basic law enforcement training is generally regarded as the last formal step before a ranger takes on full duties in a unit of the state parks system. During the training period prior to commissioning, a ranger is assimilated into the park and begins assuming duties in resource management and visitor service.

“It requires dedication and extensive training for our candidates to earn the right to wear the campaign-style hat of a state park ranger,” said Mike Murphy, state parks director. “These men and women are true multi-specialists who are frequently asked to assume many roles during a day at work from finding a lost hiker to giving an interpretive program to dealing with violations of state law.”

State park rangers are required to have at least a two-year degree, and many come to the job with four-year university degrees in curricula related to natural resource and/or park management. Beyond law enforcement training, all are trained in medical first response, search-and-rescue, wildfire suppression, natural resource management, interpretive skills and environmental education.

The rangers who received commissions are: Wade Stephen Engels at Crowders Mountain State Park, Leigh Ann Fox at South Mountains State Park, Skyler Wesley Hill at Mount Mitchell State Park, and Mark David Sain at South Mountains State Park.

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