SYKESVILLE — The ranks of the Maryland Natural Resources Police grew by 21 with the recent graduation of the latest class of recruits.

The new officers took the oath, administered by Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent, at Chesapeake College before a large audience of family and friends.

Governor Martin O’Malley congratulated the newest members of NRP in a prerecorded address.

“Your training ensures that as long as you are on the front lines, Maryland’s people, Maryland’s public lands and wildlife will be safer and healthier,” said Governor O’Malley. “Through 146 years this agency’s name has changed and its mission has expanded. But its roots remain deeply embedded in our shared belief that environmental stewardship is a sacred duty.”

The new officers received 28 weeks of classroom and field training at the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Center in Sykesville, and on waterways and public lands throughout the state. Their studies included not only general law enforcement functions, but also the special skills needed for conservation law enforcement.

The graduates are Jacob Bucher of Joppa; Ryan Colon of Hebron; Dominic D’Angona III of Damascus; Scott Davis of Annapolis; Thompson DeFriez of Glen Burnie; Robert Duvall Jr. of Berlin; Daniel Geiman of Baltimore; Khari Grooms of Clinton; Bernard Haberkam Jr. of Richlands, N.C.; Brian Hunt of Stevensville; Robert Kapp of Westminster; Justin King of Cumberland; Raymond Maurer of Bel Air; Charles McCauley Jr. of Pittsville; Kristen McFarland of Church Hill; Michael Sullivan of Mount Airy; Daniel Thomas of Bowie; Gina Tyler of Marion; Stephen Ward of Abingdon; David Wilkinson of Mardela Springs and Robert Wood of Berlin.

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