Jacob Brent Dyer of Purlear was one of 18 new state wildlife law enforcement officers sworn in Tuesday at a graduation ceremony in Pinehurst.

Dyer is a graduate of West Wilkes High School. He said his training duty station will be in Craven County and that his first permanent station will be announced this fall towards the end of his six months of field training.

The ceremony was conducted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Law Enforcement Division at the First Baptist Church of Pinehurst.

The ceremony celebrated the 57th Basic School graduating class of the Wildlife Commission. Each new officer took oath to enforce criminal laws, including conservation and boating laws, and to faithfully and impartially execute the duties of a law enforcement officer in North Carolina.

After graduation, each new wildlife cadet will begin six months of on-the-job training under the supervision of a veteran wildlife officer. Upon completion of field training, each officer will be assigned a permanent duty station.

The other graduating officers are: Tyler Barber of Granite Falls; Kristofer Blankenship of Albemarle; Jacob Bosley of Friendsville, Md.; Sarah Campbell of Thomasville; Aaron Carter of Lumberton; Joshua Doshen of Currituck; Zachary Hayes of Carthage; Andre’ Jones of Jackson, Miss.; Kirby Lambert of Robbins; Michael Lott of Woodbridge, Va.; Justice McCormick of Lilesville; Jason Munson of Massena, N.Y.; Devon Schaffer of Pueblo, Colo.; Walker Shelton of LaGrange; Damon Smith of Stanfield; William Weaver of Shelby; and Erin Woriax of Red Springs.

All wildlife law enforcement officer trainees are required to pass an extensive background, psychological and physical screening before entering an intensive accredited academy conducted by the Law Enforcement Division.

The majority of basic law enforcement training is held at the N.C. Department of Public Safety Samarcand Training Academy in Jackson Springs. Officers complete conservation-specific training on fish and wildlife laws, motorboat accident investigation and protected species. Instruction covers statutory and investigation procedures, defensive tactics, fish and game laws, and pursuit driving and boating.

More information about careers in wildlife enforcement is available on the agency’s website, ncwildlife.org.lawenforcement.

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