Released on April 17, 2015
The Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy (WCLEA) will call Saskatchewan home for the next two years.
Established in 2007, WCLEA is a partnership between the western Canadian provinces and the Yukon Territory to deliver common training standards and curriculum to new conservation officer recruits. The Ministry of Environment will hold the 16 week training program at the Candle Lake Golf Resort this fall.
“Our government is proud to be hosting the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy for the next two years,” Environment Minister Scott Moe said. “Conservation officers provide a vital service in Saskatchewan and this initiative will allow them to be trained here at home. This is also a great opportunity to showcase the province’s facilities and ability to host this type of training as well as expose trainees to Saskatchewan’s spectacular wildlife and natural habitat.”
Saskatchewan agreed to host the training program for the next two years, with the potential of extending past that date. Alberta and British Columbia have hosted the program previously.
“The most important outcome is that participating agencies will know that they have fully qualified conservation officers ready to go to work in the field, equipped to handle all types of situations,” Moe said.
Provincial and territorial agencies each contribute funds to run the training academy, which fully covers the $460,000 cost over two years (2015 to 2017).
Since the inception of the training program in 2007, 44 Saskatchewan conservation officers have been trained and are currently working in the field for the Ministry of Environment.
Provincial conservation officers are uniformed law enforcement officers and special constables with full police powers. By working with local residents, they help protect Saskatchewan’s environment and our rich natural resources.
There are 134 permanent and 52 seasonal conservation officers in Saskatchewan.
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