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Continued: Anderson: Rethinking the role of a conservation officer

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 17, 2014 - 12:33 AM

But that system isn’t entirely efficient, Soring said, because if officers are home, they’re usually off-duty. And if they’re working, they’re oftentimes in their trucks or otherwise in the field.

“We need to make sure people can reach a DNR conservation officer when they need one, and that we have someone to respond,” Soring said. “And it can’t take five or six phone calls.”

One possibility is that citizen calls in the future would be routed to a central clearinghouse or dispatcher, and conservation officers would then be alerted as needed.

“You don’t normally call an off-duty officer in another line of work to ask them a question,” Soring said. “Up until now, we’ve provided that service, and it’s been fairly unique.

“But I think with the demands that face conservation officers today, we need to look at what is the most efficient use of officers’ time.”

 

Dennis Anderson danderson@startribune.com

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