Nov 13, 2013 1:23 PM by PRESS RELEASE
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division's training site will be upgraded with a $2 million multi-purpose training facility, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced today.
LDWF trains wildlife agent cadets and hosts continuing education courses for Enforcement Division agents and officers from other agencies at the department's Waddill Outdoor Education Center on Flannery Road in Baton Rouge. The existing training facility is outdated and does not meet the current needs of the Enforcement Division.
"The new facility will provide additional classroom space and dormitory space," said LDWF Col. Jeff Mayne. "We'll be able to house an additional 48 law enforcement officers for in-service training that includes advanced boating crash incident investigation, DWI detection and continuing education coursework."
The Waddill site is also utilized as a staging area for LDWF agents assigned to search and rescue missions during hurricanes or other natural disaster response efforts coordinated by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Federal funding for the new facility will be provided through NOAA's Joint Enforcement Agreement and the US Coast Guard. Additional funding will come from the department's Conservation Fund.
Site preparation will begin in 2013 and project completion is anticipated within two years.
LDWF is charged with managing, conserving, and promoting wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources.
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