Eight state park rangers receive commissions as law enforcement officers

When commissioned, ranger are presented badges and law enforcement identification.
When commissioned, ranger are presented badges and law enforcement identification.

Eight new state park rangers received commissions as law enforcement officers recently at several, small ceremonies across the state.

Receiving a commission as a Special Peace Officer at the end of 17-week basic law enforcement training is generally regarded as the last formal step before a ranger takes on full duties in a unit of the state parks system. During the training period prior to commissioning, a ranger is assimilated into the park and begins assuming duties in resource management and visitor service.

“It requires a lot of dedication and training for our candidates to earn the right to wear the campaign-style hat of a state park ranger,” said Mike Murphy, state parks director. “These men and women are true multi-specialists who are frequently asked to assume many roles during a day at work from finding a lost hiker to giving an interpretive program to dealing with violations of state law.”

State park rangers are required to have at least a two-year degree, and many come to the job with four-year university degrees in curricula related to natural resource and/or park management. Beyond law enforcement training, all are trained in medical first response, search-and-rescue, wildfire suppression, natural resource management, interpretive skills and environmental education.

The rangers who received commissions are: Patrick Joseph Amico at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area; Alyssa Christine Taylor at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area; Kimberly Jean Abramowski at Falls Lake State Recreation Area; Malcolm Scott Davis at Falls Lake State Recreation Area; Nicholas Paul Dioguardi at William B. Umstead State Park; Amy Renee Shepherd at Lake Norman State Park; Chelsea Elizabeth Fowler Arey at Falls Lake State Recreation Area and Katherine Lynne Sanford at Dismal Swamp State Park.

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