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Six State Park Rangers Receive Law Enforcement Commissions

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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Six State Park Rangers Receive Law Enforcement Commissions

RALEIGH -- Six new state park rangers received commissions as law enforcement officers today, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. The rangers were sworn in a special ceremony at the state parks system's administrative offices in Raleigh.

Receiving a commission as 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 a lot of dedication and training for our candidates to earn the right to wear the campaign-style hat of a state park ranger," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division. "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 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: Adam Emerson Carver at Falls Lake State Recreation Area; Jamie Brooke Anderson at Crowders Mountain State Park; Stephen Richard Tillotson at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area; Signa Bumgardner Williams at Dismal Swamp State Natural Area; Jerry Douglas Lequire at Pettigrew State Park; and, Edward Ray Wilkerson at Medoc Mountain State Park.