NRP graduates

New graduates join the Maryland Natural Resources Police ranks.

The ranks of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police grew by 44 officers —the largest increase in manpower in 13 years — in recent graduation ceremonies. The additions come as the state’s conservation law enforcement agency celebrates its 150th anniversary, a press release states.

Thirty-two recruits took the oath of office Nov. 3 and received their badges from Natural Resources Police Superintendent Col. Robert K. “Ken” Ziegler Jr. The new officers received seven months of training at the agency’s live-in academy, based at the Maryland Police and Corrections facility in Sykesville.