Wednesday is Conservation Officer Appreciation Day in Michigan

Gary Hagler (left), chief of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, and DNR Director Keith Creagh hold the official proclamation issued by Gov. Rick Snyder stating that Wednesday, March 15, is Michigan Conservation Officer Appreciation Day. (Michigan DNR photo)

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed Wednesday, March 15, as Michigan Conservation Officer Appreciation Day in recognition of the men and women who serve in the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.

The division was created in 1887, making it Michigan’s oldest statewide law enforcement agency.

Conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers. They are best known for their environmental and natural resources protection responsibilities, but they also ensure recreational safety and protect citizens by providing general law enforcement duties and lifesaving operations in the communities they serve.

Also, in addition to protecting the cultural, environmental and natural resources that make Michigan unique, conservation officers often serve as first responders in communities and work closely with local, state and federal agencies.

“These men and women represent a special type of law enforcement officer,” Snyder said. “From inner cities to the deep woods, wetlands to the Great Lakes, on watercraft, off-road vehicles and on foot, DNR conservation officers serve with courage and professionalism. Conservation Officer Appreciation Day is a great opportunity to explore careers in DNR law enforcement, learn more about our world-class natural resources and thank our officers for all they do on behalf of the Great Lakes State.”

Learn more about conservation officers at www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers.

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