Six waterways conservation officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and five Department of Conservation and Natural Resources rangers have completed Municipal Police Officers Basic Training, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced.
"The 758-hour training course, held at the Pennsylvania State Police Northwest Training Center in Meadville, Crawford County, covered all phases of police work, from the vehicle and crimes codes to use of firearms and conducting criminal investigations," Pawlowski said.
The Pennsylvania Municipal Police Education and Training Act requires that all beginning law enforcement officers successfully meet training requirements before going to work for a state agency or local police department.
Waterways conservation officer graduates and their home counties are: Anthony R. Beers, Clarion County; Richard D. Daniels, Northumberland County; Eric B. Davis, Westmoreland County; Chad E. Doyle, Venango County; Aaron B. Lupacchini, Carbon County; and Daniel A. Nietupski, Franklin County.
DCNR ranger graduates and their homes counties are: Mary K. Coursey, York County; Tarah R. Lockner, Lehigh County; Derek M. Smith, Adams County; Robert S. Yurvati, Lehigh County; and Tracy L. Zupich, Lycoming County.
Lockner received both the High Scholastic Award and the High Pistol Award, while Nietupski received the Physical Fitness Award.
Erie County Judge Michael E. Dunlavey addressed a graduation ceremony held Dec. 18 in Meadville. Dr. Douglas J. Austen, executive director of the Fish and Boat Commission, also offered remarks and Lupacchini spoke on behalf of the class.