Perry Hall Man Among Newest Graduate Of Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police School.

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Credit: Lauren Moses, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

PERRY HALL - Ryan J. Waugh of Perry Hall completed 36 weeks of training and coursework at the Maryland Police and Corrections facility in Sykesville to become one of the newest Maryland Natural Resources Police members.

Maryland Natural Resources Police are a specially trained group of officers who protect Maryland’s many state parks and recreation areas.

According to Maryland DNR, Their coursework includes Maryland conservation law, criminal procedure, vehicle and traffic laws, physical conditioning, firearms, wildlife identification, emergency vehicle operations, search and rescue, land navigation, and boating navigation.

Waugh was welcomed into the force along with 12 other new graduates at a ceremony at Sandy Point State Park this morning. In front of supportive friends and family, Waugh and his fellow graduates raised their right hand and took the oath to protect Maryland’s citizens and resources.

According to National Resources Police, NRP Superintendent Colonel G. Adrian Baker gave a speech reminding the new officers of their unique and vital role in protecting Maryland’s resources and maintaining their integrity in all circumstances.

Maryland NRP traces its roots to 1868 and is the oldest statewide police force in Maryland and one of the oldest state conservation law agencies in the United States.

The new officers will be assigned to patrol districts across the state and complete their formal police training in the field under the supervision of experienced officers.

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