DOVER (March 7, 2016) – If you are a Delaware student aged 12 to 15 with an interest in natural resources and law enforcement, DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police are offering a new summer youth academy that can take you inside both worlds for experiencing the roles and responsibilities of a Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officer.
The week-long program will run from Monday thru Friday, July 18-22, and meet daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center, 1205 River Road, New Castle, DE 19720. The NRP Youth Academy is free of charge, and open to all Delaware youth aged 12 to 15, with lunch provided for all participants.
The academy is limited this year to the first 20 qualified applicants, with priority given to those who have not already completed a hunter safety course or boating safety course. Applications also must include a 250-word essay on why the applicant wants to take part in the academy, and what Delaware’s natural resources mean to her or him. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, May 13.
Participants chosen for the Natural Resources Police youth academy will learn about various aspects of natural resources law enforcement; receive instruction in hunting and boating safety and participate in field activities similar to those experienced by an NRP officer. Youth who complete the program will receive both hunter and boating safety certifications.
“The Youth Academy is a great opportunity for youths to get a firsthand look at what it’s like to be a Natural Resources Police officer, and to learn about protecting our natural resources,” said NRP Captain Drew Aydelotte, noting that it’s also an opportunity to nurture the relationship between Delaware’s natural resources law enforcement officers and the community. “By attending our youth police academy, participants will meet NRP officers and gain insight into the responsibilities we take on every day.”
Applications for the Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Youth Academy are available online at http://de.gov/fwenforcement, and at DNREC’s licensing desk, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. For more information, please contact Lt. Brian Pollock at 302-365-8703 or Brian.Pollock@state.de.us.