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LDWF Enforcement Division welcomes 23 new agents at graduation

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
From left to right (Front Row): Col. Joey Broussard, James Smith, Amanda LeBlanc, Michael Treadway, Harvey Pearce, Thomas Forehand, Richard Heinold, Michael Meserole, and Seth Courtney. From left to right (Middle Row): Justin Greer, Jeremiah Fletcher, Jonathan Boudreaux, Javier Bazaldua, Gerald Sander, Dylan Egan, Charley Hawkes, and Zachary Meche. From left to right (Back Row): Jacob Neal, Jeremy Triplett, Anthony Corner, Jonathan Morrison, Zachary Allen, Cameron Densmore, and Matthew Perkins.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement graduated its 31st class of cadets into the ranks of LDWF Enforcement Division agents at a ceremony in Baton Rouge on April 26, 2017.

After seven months of intensive physical and academic training at the academy, 23 newly commissioned agents are ready to begin enforcing hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.  “Going through the department’s training process has shaped these cadets into agents for what we hope is a long and successful career with the department,” said Montoucet.  “I’m proud to be a part of this graduation and to serve as their first secretary of the department.”

Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division, presented certificates and recited the Oath of Office making the cadet’s transition to commissioned agents official.  “We welcome these cadets into the Enforcement Division ranks as they fill much needed positions across the state.  Today we celebrate a much deserved graduation day.  Going forward these newly decorated agents will be required to hit the ground running with their assigned field agents for additional on the job training for the next six months.”

The 23 new agents are:

Zachary Allen, of Prairieville, assigned to Ascension Parish

Javier Bazaldua, of Plaquemine, assigned to Southern Strike Force

Jonathan Boudreaux, of Raceland, assigned to Plaquemines Parish

Anthony Corner, of Duson, assigned to Plaquemines Parish

Seth Courtney, of Hammond, assigned to East Feliciana Parish

Cameron Densmore, of Farmerville, assigned to Avoyelles Parish

Dylan Egan, of Covington, assigned to Vermillion Parish

Jeremiah Fletcher, of Bentley, assigned to Sabine Parish

Thomas Forehand, of Metairie, assigned to Plaquemines Parish

Justin Greer, of Minden, assigned to Red River Parish

Charley Hawkes, of Jena, assigned to Natchitoches Parish

Richard Heinold, of Highland, Illinois, assigned to St. Bernard Parish

Amanda LeBlanc, of Lafayette, assigned to Cameron Parish

Zachary Meche, of Church Point, assigned to Jefferson Davis Parish

Michael Meserole, of Bossier City, assigned to Bossier Parish

Jonathan Morrison, of Houma, assigned to Southern Strike Force

Jacob Neal, of Deville, assigned to Natchitoches Parish

Harvey Pearce, of Noble, assigned to Sabine Parish

Matthew Perkins, of Lafayette, assigned to Catahoula Parish

Gerald Sander, of Amite, assigned to St. James Parish

James Smith, of Hornbeck, assigned to Sabine Parish

Michael Treadway, of Lake Charles, assigned to Calcasieu Parish

Jeremy Triplett, of Little Rock, Ark., assigned to Desoto Parish

At the academy, cadets trained to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training equal to that of other state law enforcement officers.

The graduating agents fill vacancies in LDWF’s Enforcement Division and will be assigned to a field-training officer for their first six months of duty.  Now part of the agency’s commissioned officer staff, the agents will join the ranks of those patrolling land and water to primarily detect game, fish and boating law violations.  These duties require travel into Louisiana's forests, swamps, fields, streams, bayous, lakes, marshlands, the Gulf of Mexico and on the state roadway system.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit them at www.wlf.la.gov.