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DNR accepting applications for CO Prep program, plans open houses - no law enforcement experience needed

Mar 02, 2023 09:42AM ● By Content Editor
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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - March 1, 2023

The DNR Enforcement Division currently is recruiting candidates without previous law enforcement experience to apply for its CO Prep program. In order to apply, candidates need at least a two-year degree. The CO Prep program provides them the necessary education to become licensed peace officers and attend the Conservation Academy at Camp Ripley.

Successful applicants will receive about 22 weeks of law enforcement education and training at Hennepin Technical College before beginning the CO Academy in the spring of 2024. During their time at Hennepin Technical College and at the CO Academy, candidates will be paid 70 percent of the base salary for a conservation officer.

The application period is open through March 31. During the application period, the DNR will hold two open houses for people who are interested in learning about the CO Prep program, and about conservation officer careers in general.

Additional information, including a link to the application, is on the DNR’s conservation officer careers and hiring web page.

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