New Wildlife Officer Assigned to Jefferson County
COLUMBUS, OH – Craig Neil Porter, 23, of Cadiz, Ohio will be assigned as a new state wildlife officer in Jefferson County.
Officer Porter is one of 11 new wildlife officer cadets who have been undergoing extensive training and were sworn in as commissioned state wildlife officers during ceremonies June 29 in Columbus. He began his new duties the following day.
Following completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training course May 4, the cadets had eight weeks of specialized training by the Division of Wildlife. In addition to wildlife law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets received training in areas of wildlife and fish management, communications, ATV and watercraft operation, hunter safety, and advanced firearms and self defense topics.
As a state wildlife officer, Porter will have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property, and make arrests. He will also conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties, and advise landowners on dealing with wildlife. Wildlife officers serve an important role as a point of contact with law enforcement and other agencies on topics of mutual interest, providing assistance and expertise.
"I’m very blessed to be in such an honorable profession and to work for an incredible wildlife agency. So many people have helped me along the way and for that I will be eternally grateful,” said Porter.
Porter is a 2007 graduate of Harrison Central High School in Harrison County. In 2011, he received an associate degree in wildlife management from Hocking College.
Wildlife Officer Porter can be reached by calling (330) 245-3050.