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LDWF enforcement division graduates 23 new agents

LDWF enforcement division graduates 23 new agents

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy graduated its 31st class of cadets into the ranks of LDWF Enforcement Division agents at a ceremony in Baton Rouge Wednesday.

After seven months of intensive physical and academic training at the academy, 23 newly commissioned agents will begin enforcing hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

“Going through the department’s training process has shaped these cadets into agents for what we hope is a long and successful career with the department,” said Montoucet.

Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division, presented certificates and recited the Oath of Office making the cadet’s transition to commissioned agents official.

“We welcome these cadets into the Enforcement Division ranks as they fill much needed positions across the state. Going forward these newly decorated agents will be required to hit the ground running with their assigned field agents for additional on the job training for the next six months,” said Broussard.

Among the 23 new agents are Jonathan Boudreaux, of Raceland, who’ll be assigned to Plaquemines Parish, and Jonathan Morrison, of Houma, who’ll be assigned to Southern Strike Force.

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas. The academy also covers general law enforcement training equal to that of other state law enforcement officers.

Now part of the agency’s commissioned officer staff, the agents will join the ranks of those patrolling land and water to primarily detect game, fish and boating law violations. These duties require travel into Louisiana's forests, swamps, fields, streams, bayous, lakes, marshlands, the Gulf of Mexico and on the state roadway system.