1998 Regular Session
To: Wildlife and Fisheries
By: Senator(s) Posey
Senate Bill 2672
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 49-1-15, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY IN THE SITE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING FOR CONSERVATION OFFICERS; TO DELETE OBSOLETE REQUIREMENT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 49-1-15, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
49-1-15. (1) All appointments of conservation officers shall be under rules adopted and promulgated by the commission. No person shall be appointed a conservation officer unless he is at least twenty-one (21) years of age, a high school graduate or its equivalent, has passed the required examination by correctly answering at least seventy percent (70%) of the questions on the examination, and is otherwise determined by the executive director and approved by the commission to be qualified to perform the duties of the office. The examination shall embrace the applicant's knowledge of the state game and fish laws, cattle theft laws and litter laws, and the duties and responsibilities * * * of a conservation officer.
(2) Each applicant, prior to entering into performance of his duties, at the expense of the department, shall attend and complete an appropriate curriculum in the field of law enforcement at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers' Training Academy or other training academy whose curriculum complies with requirements of the Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training. Conservation officers shall, on a periodic basis, be required to successfully complete additional advanced courses in law enforcement in order that they will be properly improved and trained in the modern, technical advances of law enforcement. * * *
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.