Department of Game and Inland Fisheries marks law enforcement academy graduation

Department of Game and Inland FisheriesThe Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Basic Law Enforcement Academy has graduated a new class of officers.

On September 7, the Honorable Heidi S. Barshinger, Clerk of the Henrico County Circuit Court, officially swore-in the new officers at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

In all, 17 new conservation police officers (CPOs) were sworn-in at the ceremony. These officers completed an intensive training program that ran for 26 weeks. They will take up their assignments across the Commonwealth and proceed with field training under the direct supervision of field training officers.

This is the 10th class (The Muskies) to graduate from the Department’s Training Academy. DGIF undertook establishing its own academy in order to tailor the program to the specific needs of Conservation Police Officers.

DGIF’s newest Conservation Police Officers, along with their newly assigned counties are below.

  • Nicholas Belotte, Charlotte County
  • Craig Chillcott, Bland County
  • Michael Chittum, Dinwiddie County
  • James Dooley, Lunenburg County
  • Gregory Goff Jr., Greene County
  • Joshua Guizar, Culpeper County
  • James Hale, Franklin County
  • Kyle Jones, Greensville County
  • Mark Machen, Northampton County
  • Roger Palmisano, Faquier County
  • Philip Pritt, Alleghany County
  • Adam Roberts, Goochland County
  • Tyler Routon, Franklin County
  • Brandon Royals , Page County
  • Nicholas Sumner, Amelia County
  • Keith Wilson, Halifax County
  • Shane Wilson, Brunswick County

Additionally, six previously certified Law Enforcement Officers attended the 10th Modified Basic Academy for 11 weeks to learn those skills that are specific to Conservation Police Officers. These six CPO’s have been out in the field since May and have already completed their field training.


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