November 12, 2004
Contact: Henry Cabbage (850) 488-8843
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today pinned badges on 41 new officers after 28 weeks of training at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy. The graduation ceremony took place at the Tallahassee Civic Center.
FWC law enforcement director Col. Julie Jones said this graduating class is probably the most ethnically diverse in the agency’s history, reflecting the FWC’s efforts to step up minority recruitment. The class includes four black males, two Hispanic males and five females.
“They range in age from 21 to 53,” she said. “Six of them are retired from the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps. Twenty-one have an associates degree or higher.”
Of the 43 recruits who started the class, 41 completed it and will report for duty in Duval, Bradford, Brevard, Indian River, Franklin, Monroe, Collier, Broward, Dade, Palm Beach, Martin, Highlands, Lee, Charlotte, Polk or Manatee counties.
More information about the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement is at MyFWC.com/law.