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New conservation officers graduate in Morton

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Expect to see some new faces enforcing Mississippi's wildlife laws. The 2015 Cadet Class of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks graduated Wednesday morning at the Livingston Performing Arts and Media Center at Roosevelt State Park in Morton.

These officers do much more than hand out tickets if you don't have a fishing license.

"We are, in most cases, in a lot of small towns and rural areas," said Col. Steve Adcock. "We're the only law enforcement they have and we're simply the law of the pavement. Our agency has proven itself numerous times in search and rescue of individuals...inmates that have escaped, fugitives from law. We've proven ourselves many times that we are capable. We're able to help other agencies."

The 9 graduates were selected from a field of 900 applicants and they completed a rigorous 12 weeks of specialized training in areas such as firearms, water survival, wildlife forensics and much more.

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