“Congratulations to our CSLEA members in the academy who graduated on August 3rd. This is a proud and special moment for them and their families. They have all worked hard during this challenging course and we look forward to assisting them during their careers at CDFW.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona
PARADISE – On August 3, 2023, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Wildlife Officer Academy graduated 43 cadets in a ceremony in Butte County.
The newly sworn peace officers will now begin a Field Training Program where they will apply their academy training under the immediate supervision of seasoned field training officers (FTO). Field training with experienced FTOs is also mandated by POST to be sure new wildlife officers can apply the skills they learned during the academy to real life circumstances. Field training is the final stage of formal training. Upon successful completion, these newly sworn peace officers will begin patrolling California to protect the public and California’s natural resources.
The wildlife officers will be deployed across CDFW’s Law Enforcement Division programs including regular patrol, marine enforcement, investigation of petroleum spills and response, and cannabis enforcement, to name a few.