FWC dedicates 20 new officers to conservation efforts
Friday, July 15, 2011
Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585
"Patrol, protect, preserve."
The motto for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission's (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement was on the minds of
20 new officers Friday when they graduated as the FWC's
16th officer class.
At a ceremony at the Florida Public Safety Institute, near
Tallahassee, they pledged their efforts to patrol Florida's lands
and waters and protect and preserve its people and resources.
Col. Jim Brown, director of the FWC's Division of Law
Enforcement, mentioned how FWC officers are the first point of
contact most people have with the agency.
"This privilege carries great responsibility," Brown said. "As
they interact with the public, I know these new officers will
uphold our values: integrity, professionalism, dedication and
As FWC officers, they will patrol Florida's lands - nearly
54,000 square miles of it - as well as Florida's nearly 6,000
square miles of water.
"These officers will be protecting the 'Fishing Capital of the
World' and one of the largest public hunting systems in the
country," said FWC Chairman Kathy Barco, the guest speaker at the
The new officers began their training in January. The beginning
part of each FWC academy teaches recruits basic law enforcement
information and skills.
"During the final eight weeks of each academy, we focus on the
unique information and skills it takes to be an FWC officer," said
Maj. Mark Warren, head of the FWC's training section.
The specialized training involves firearms proficiency, wildlife
identification, vessel operation, defensive tactics, all-terrain
vehicle operation, detection for boating and driving under the
influence and a focus on state and federal wildlife and fisheries
The graduates will now spend three months with a field-training
officer and are assigned as follows:
- Rafael Almagro - Miami-Dade
- Casey Anderson - Levy
- Christian Ariza - Broward
- Anna Baker - Brevard
- Caralyn Cain - Duval
- Nick Carman - Broward
- Alexander Diaz - Miami-Dade
- Richard Doricchi - Martin
- Brian Ferguson - Pinellas
- Jordan Fuscaldo - Brevard
- Paul Godward, II - Palm Beach
- Matthew Gore - Franklin
- Brandon Lewis - Broward
- Serdar Mert - Miami-Dade
- Brian Norris - Charlotte
- George Reynaud - Miami-Dade
- Stuart Spoede - Lee
- Austin Warne - Broward
- Daniel Willman - Brevard
- Aaron Wise - Hillsborough