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New Texas Game Wardens Commissioned
After seven months of training, the 59th Texas Game Warden cadet class graduated July 28th, with a new twist. This year marks the first time Game Wardens and State Park Police officers trained and graduated together in the same cadet class.
Following their preparation at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County, the newly-commissioned peace officers were recognized during a special ceremony at the Texas State Capitol.
The graduates will begin their new careers stationed in counties and state parks throughout the state.
The duties of a Texas Game Warden include the enforcement of all state laws, primarily hunting, fishing, and water safety regulations. As fully commissioned peace officers, they respond to emergencies, assist other law enforcement agencies, and work to educate the public about conservation issues.
The 19 new wardens and 4 new park police are joining the 532 game wardens and 180 park police officers currently in the field, and will help enforce TPWD regulations and carry the department's high standards to every corner of the state.
K-9s receive Texas Game Warden Badges
Ten canines are now official state K-9s after receiving their badges and commissions as Texas game wardens. The K-9s were accompanied by their game warden partners during a recent graduation ceremony at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Austin headquarters.