Butte College graduated the 53rd California Department of Fish and Game Warden Academy on Tuesday, August 11. The keynote speaker was Mike Chrisman, California Secretary for Natural Resources and a special address took place by recruit Amy Krisch. A total of 25 recruits graduated. All cadets have received peace officer certified training.
"Butte College is proud to celebrate our graduating class of game warden cadets in partnership with the Department of Fish and Game," said Diana Van Der Ploeg, Butte College president. "The recruits have a unique hands-on training ground with our 928 acre wildlife refuge where they can prepare for an excellent career."
The academy is 30 weeks long and involves rigorous testing. Several awards will be presented including Class Lieutenant, Top Gun, Outstanding Performance Defensive Tactics/Arrest Control, Top Report Writer, Outstanding Performance Crime Scenarios, Top Athlete, Top "Duck," and the Greg Cook Award.
Game wardens protect wildlife resources through responsible enforcement of laws and regulations. Annually, wardens make contact with more than 295,000 people and issue more than 15,000 citations. In California, with 159,000 square miles of area that offers habitat and wildlife diversity unequaled by any other state, the average warden has a patrol district of more than 600 square miles.