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ODNR swears in new officers, Collingwood to serve Indian Lake

The newest Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) officers were recently sworn into service during a ceremony at Deer Creek State Park. Of the 23 new officers, one will be stationed at Indian Lake State Park.

Seth Collingwood, now of Indian Lake State Park, will provide service and protection for visitors on waterways, state parks, state nature preserves and state forests.

The new officers were selected from a pool of more than 700 applicants.

Natural resources officers have peacekeeping and enforcement responsibilities on lands and waters owned or administered by ODNR. Officers enforce Ohio's boating laws, investigate allegations, protect state property and make arrests. Officers also conduct educational programs and serve as important contacts for visitors. Natural resources officers may also render community assistance to state and local law enforcement in the event of an emergency.

Following completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training course, officers completed an additional four weeks of specialized training related to ODNR operations. In addition to law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets received training in areas of ATV use, communications, vessel operation, advanced firearms, and self-defense.

Visit www.ohiodnr.gov for information on how to become a natural resources officer as well as information about Ohio State Parks.

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