BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy graduated its 31st class of cadets into the Enforcement Division Thursday.
Following seven months of training at the academy, 23 new agents are ready to start enforcing hunting, fishing, and boating regulations across the state.
"Going through the department's training process has shaped these cadets into agents for what we hope is a long and successful career with the department. I'm proud to be a part of this graduation and to serve as their first secretary of the department," said Jack Montoucet, LDWF secretary and keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony, which was held in Baton Rouge.
"We welcome these cadets into the Enforcement Division ranks as they fill much needed positions across the state. Today, we celebrate a much deserved graduation day. Going forward, these newly decorated agents will be required to hit the ground running with their assigned field agents for additional on the job training for the next six months," said Col. Joey Broussard, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division.
The 23 new agents are:
- Zachary Allen, of Prairieville, assigned to Ascension Parish
- Javier Bazaldua, of Plaquemine, assigned to Southern Strike Force
- Jonathan Boudreaux, of Raceland, assigned to Plaquemines Parish
- Anthony Corner, of Duson, assigned to Plaquemines Parish
- Seth Courtney, of Hammond, assigned to East Feliciana Parish
- Cameron Densmore, of Farmerville, assigned to Avoyelles Parish
- Dylan Egan, of Covington, assigned to Vermillion Parish
- Jeremiah Fletcher, of Bentley, assigned to Sabine Parish
- Thomas Forehand, of Metairie, assigned to Plaquemines Parish
- Justin Greer, of Minden, assigned to Red River Parish
- Charley Hawkes, of Jena, assigned to Natchitoches Parish
- Richard Heinold, of Highland, Illinois, assigned to St. Bernard Parish
- Amanda LeBlanc, of Lafayette, assigned to Cameron Parish
- Zachary Meche, of Church Point, assigned to Jefferson Davis Parish
- Michael Meserole, of Bossier City, assigned to Bossier Parish
- Jonathan Morrison, of Houma, assigned to Southern Strike Force
- Jacob Neal, of Deville, assigned to Natchitoches Parish
- Harvey Pearce, of Noble, assigned to Sabine Parish
- Matthew Perkins, of Lafayette, assigned to Catahoula Parish
- Gerald Sander, of Amite, assigned to St. James Parish
- James Smith, of Hornbeck, assigned to Sabine Parish
- Michael Treadway, of Lake Charles, assigned to Calcasieu Parish
- Jeremy Triplett, of Little Rock, Ark., assigned to Desoto Parish
At the ceremony, Harvey Pearce received the firearms award given to the best marksman in the class. Pearce also received the physical training award and the overall award. Thomas Forehand was given the academic award for achieving the highest grades in the class.