Butte College's First Fish and Game Warden Academy, Class 52
Butte College graduated its first California Department of Fish and Game Warden Academy. A total of 28 cadets became the first graduating class from Butte College. All cadets have received peace officer certified training.
“Butte College is proud to celebrate our first graduating class of game warden cadets in partnership with the Department of Fish and Game,” said Diana Van Der Ploeg, Butte College president. “The cadets have a unique hands-on training ground with our 928 acre wildlife refuge where they can prepare for an excellent career.”
Keynote speaker was Donald Koch, Department of Fish and Game Director. A special address took place by recruit Sean Kenady.
The academy is 30 weeks long and involves rigorous testing. Several awards were presented including Class Lieutenant, Top Gun, Outstanding Performance Defensive Tactics/Arrest Control, Top Report Writer, Outstanding Performance Crime Scenarios, Top Athlete, Top “Duck,” and the Greg Cook Award.
Game wardens protect wildlife resources through responsible enforcement of laws and regulations. Annually, wardens make contact with more than 295,000 people and issue more than 15,000 citations. In California, with 159,000 square miles of area that offers habitat and wildlife diversity unequaled by any other state, the average warden has a patrol district of more than 600 square miles.