Twelve conservation officer candidates, including two Central Lakes College graduates from the Natural Resources Law Enforcement program, were selected from 800 applicants to spend the next 12 weeks at the DNR Enforcement Conservation Officer Academy at Camp Ripley. The candidates are receiving instruction on fish and wildlife laws, rules of evidence, patrol procedures, search and rescue, and fish and wildlife investigation. Upon graduation, the new conservation officers will spend 16 weeks in field training with a veteran conservation officer before receiving their initial assignment. The officer candidates represent the 14th academy class of Minnesota conservation officers, celebrating 125 years of service to the people of Minnesota. Among this year’s candidates are 2010 CLC graduate Staci Beto of Royalton, who has been a CLC security specialist, and 2007 CLC grad Caleb Silgjord of Motley, who worked for Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department.