By Chinta Strausberg
If you like law enforcement and working in the natural element, itâ€™s not too late to apply for one of the 15 new Illinois Conservation Police positions that are available.
If interested, especially people of color, you have until Thursday, February 9, 2012, to bring your application to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), 100 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL, on the second floor.Â You may click on the this link, http://dnr.state.il.us/law3/career.htm, to download an application and to read about the qualifications for this position.
The test is 90-minutes long and consists of 85 questions. At least 1,000 have applied for the position.
Interviewed at a job fair held at Saint Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Place sponsored by Reps. Mary E. Flowers (D-31st) and La Shawn K. Ford (D-8th and the IDNR, Jason Brewer, Assistant Director of the Office of Compliance Equal Opportunity and Ethics (OCEE) for IDNR and Rafael Gutierrez, Director of Law Enforcement for the Illinois Conservation Police, said they are looking for diversity and applicants who love law enforcement and working in the stateâ€™s natural habitat.
The Conservation police officers would be responsible for enforcing all criminal and drugs laws as well as vehicle violations. They patrol all borders of the water including the rivers. These offices also enforce fishing, boating and hunting laws, check boat safety. They also protect the natural resources of Illinois including coalmines and tender.
Â â€œThey enforce all of the same laws as that of the state police,â€ said Brewer. â€œ â€œThey are federally deputized with the U.S. Fish and Wile Life Service. â€œThey can make arrests.â€ He said their non-enforcement duties including going out to speak on topics like safety boating procedures.â€
â€œWe want women and minority applications for this job,â€ said Brewer who also said there is no age limit for this position. The officers will be trained to use a wide variety of equipment like snowmobiles, boats, ATVâ€™s. They will be trained to handle domestic disputes, look for narcotic violations and marijuana fields and according to Gutierrez, these officers will do body recoveries when there is a drowning.
Eric Bumgarner was part of the Conservation Police contingent that went to New Orleans during the Katrina flooding. He rescued 1300 people that included 1200 frozen embryos. Later, he interviewed the father, also a police officer, of one of those embryos when that child was born.
All three men urged interested persons to apply for this position. They said this test is not given that often and again stressed they are looking for diversity.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.