W.Va. state park superintendents complete special police training

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W.Va. state park superintendents complete special police training
Superintendents at 12 West Virginia state parks have received special training in law enforcement. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)

TWIN FALLS STATE PARK, W.Va. — Superintendents at 12 West Virginia state parks completed training in February to become certified special natural resources police officers.

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The special paramilitary training, led by the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources Police, was completed at Twin Falls Resort State Park. It included classroom time and physical, defensive tactics, and firearms training to help them oversee park operations, protect natural resources, and ensure the safety of guests.

State Parks Chief Brad Reed the paramilitary training is critical in helping park superintendents enforce the law while ensuring the hospitality that guests have come to expect from West Virginia parks.

“Our park superintendents make up a tremendous team that is beyond dedicated to making our state parks and forests a place where people from all walks of life can enjoy West Virginia’s natural beauty,” Reed said.

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“I want to thank each superintendent for their hard work in going through this boot camp and for the good folks at DNR Police for facilitating this critical training. Our parks will continue to be safe places with very few incidents thanks to their efforts.”

By becoming certified special natural resources police officers, state park superintendents are better equipped to oversee park operations, protect West Virginia’s natural resources and ensure the safety of guests.

In addition to their safety and security responsibilities, state park superintendents serve as general managers over their area of assignment, overseeing operations, maintenance, revenue management, and hospitality.

For more information about West Virginia’s state parks, visit .

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