BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) — In this week’s segment of North Dakota Outdoors, Mike Anderson walks game wardens through their annual training at the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Bismarck.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department game wardens patrol about 2,500 square miles in their districts, usually alone in remote locations. This is yet another reason why they must be properly trained.
“The State of North Dakota requires licensed peace officers, which are North Dakota game wardens, to complete at least 60 hours of certified post-boarding training every three years,” Scott said. Winkelman, chief game warden for the North Dakota game. and Fish Department.
And during this year’s annual training, game wardens were certainly put to the test.
“We did vehicle operations, emergency vehicle operations courses. We also had defensive tactics training and de-escalation training, on how to deal with difficult people. We did scenario training on the computer simulator. So it’s very beneficial for our officers,” Winkelman said.
Williston District Game Warden Keenan Snyder participated in this year’s training.
“The North Dakota Highway Patrol helps and teaches us in our trainings. As law enforcement officers in our own right, we engage in chases, we are asked to help, and we encounter situations every day,” said Keenan Snyder, North District Game Warden. Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Game wardens work on land, water and in the air, enforcing game and fish regulations and ensuring public safety outdoors.
“We do a lot of different training because it’s the only law enforcement agency in the state that uses vehicles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, tracked vehicles, and airplanes. Our day-to-day work is so variable and throughout the season that our training has to cover many different areas of responsibility,” Winkelman said.
Game wardens take this training seriously, so they are prepared for real-life situations.
“All our training courses are realistic. This way our officers are able to react properly when faced with situations in the field,” Winkelman said.
If you are interested in becoming a game warden, visit gf.nd.gov. The game warden exam is scheduled for July 16th.
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