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For Immediate Release: 6/13/2018

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California State Parks Graduates 29 Peace Officers from Law Enforcement Academy

Contact: Dennis Weber I  Communications Office Manager I (916) 651-8724

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Parks announced today the addition of 29 new peace officers to serve in the nation’s largest state park system. Yesterday, family members, friends and department staff applauded the class of cadets as they received their badges to officially make them peace officers (rangers and lifeguards).

Since the appointment of Galen Clark in 1866 as California’s first state park ranger, rangers and lifeguards have provided public safety and protected natural and cultural resources. Their role to enforce laws continues to be an important one, as is connecting individuals with the outdoors and building stewardship for current and future generations.

“Be the rangers and lifeguards that the public expects you to be and don’t lose the spirit of service that brought you here in the first place,” stated California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat to the cadets during the ceremony. “It is a job where real leadership matters and you will be working for a department where a good idea can touch the lives of millions of Californians and people around the world.”

For eight months, cadets participated in Basic Visitor Services Training to prepare them to serve and educate visitors to California’s 280 state parks. This year’s class of 29 cadets were chosen from a field of approximately 600 applicants. Thirty-six were accepted to the cadet academy. Graduates of this class will be stationed at 18 park units throughout the state.

Their training included lessons in making physical arrests, conducting investigations, performing search and rescue activities, defensive tactics and firearms use. Cadets were also trained in visitor assistance, public education and interpretation, and park resource protection and management. Academy instruction prepares the students mentally, morally, emotionally and physically to enter and successfully complete the Field Training Officer’s Program, which is comprised of 13 more weeks of on-the-job training.

The following is a list of the graduates and the state park unit or sector each will join:

Basic Visitor Services Training Group 41

California State Parks

PEACE OFFICERS

 

PARK UNIT/SECTOR

LIFEGUARDS

Alfaro-Gullett, Carlos

 

Silverwood State Recreation Area

San Bernardino County

Carey, Ross

 

Ventura Sector

Ventura County

Mason, Evan

 

Malibu Sector

Los Angeles County

 RANGERS

Ackemann, Scott

Hollister Hills Sector

San Benito County

Buckley, Ericka

Carpinteria Sector

Santa Barbara County

Buis, Sabrina

Clear Lake Sector

Lake County

Dingman, Westley

Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Riverside County

Dooley, Matthew

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

San Francisco County

Drew, Alex

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

San Francisco County

Escamilla, Eduardo

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

San Diego County

Evans, Claire

Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area

San Diego County

Faber, Eliot

Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area

San Diego County

Guzman, Nicholas

MacKerricher State Park

Mendocino County

Haney, Zachary

Monterey Sector

Monterey County

Hedlund, Erica

Asilomar Sector

Monterey County

Holle, Stephen

San Diego North Sector

San Diego County

Joseph, Sabrina

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

San Diego County

Lawrence, Michael

San Diego North Sector

San Diego County

Nye, Ryan

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

San Diego County

Phelps, Christopher

Hollister Hills Sector

San Benito County

Pinkerton, Amber Lynn

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Santa Cruz County

Reynoso, Sandra

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

San Diego County

Sanchez, Megan

Four Rivers Sector

Merced County

Streit, Nicholas

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Marin County

Toohey, Kierstie

Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Riverside County

Turner, Nicholas

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Marin County

Vecchione, Teodoro

Carpinteria Sector

Santa Barbara County

Weber, Brett

Oceano Dunes Sector

San Luis Obispo County

Weber, James

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Santa Cruz County

 

California State Parks recently launched a new recruitment effort encouraging people to “Live the Parks Life” and experience the adventure, excitement and beauty by working within the nation’s largest state park system. Job opportunities are available statewide in the fields of interpretation and education, recreation, law enforcement, cultural or natural resources, administration, operations or facility maintenance. The department is currently recruiting and accepting applications for the next cadet program. Applications are due no later than tomorrow, June 14. Learn more about this career opportunity and others online at www.LiveTheParksLife.com




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