DNR hires 10 new park rangers
Ten Ohio State Parks ranger cadets were sworn in May 17, by the Ohio DNR.
“ODNR is proud to welcome these new cadets,” said ODNR Director Zehringer, according to a news release. “They have proven they will be outstanding officers, serving a dual role of ensuring public safety and acting as excellent ambassadors for Ohio State Parks.”
The cadets are graduates of Ohio State Parks Ranger Academy, which has had more than 570 graduates since its inception in 1974.
The new cadets completed more than 500 hours of class and field training at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, according to the news release.
Next month, each cadet will be paired with a veteran Ohio State Parks officer and begin assuming law enforcement duties within a state park.
The Ohio State Parks Ranger Academy combines training required of professional law enforcement with special instruction in outdoor recreation regulations, the news release stated. Instruction includes how to balance ensuring public safety and welfare in a state park setting.
The Ohio State Parks system includes 75 parks encompassing 174,000 acres of public land. Ohio State Parks offers more than 1,000 miles of trails, boating, and swimming facilities, hunting and fishing opportunities, as well as six public golf courses, eight resort lodges, more than 500 cottages and 9,000 campsites.