Morrow County gets new wildlife officer
Vincent Untied, 23, of Granville, Ohio will be assigned as a new state wildlife officer in Morrow County.
Officer Untied is one of 11 new wildlife officer cadets who have been undergoing extensive training and were sworn in as commissioned state wildlife officers during ceremonies June 29 in Columbus. He began his new duties the following day.
Following completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training course May 4, the cadets had eight weeks of specialized training by the Division of Wildlife. In addition to wildlife law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets received training in areas of wildlife and fish management, communications, ATV and watercraft operation, hunter safety, and advanced firearms and self-defense topics.
As a state wildlife officer, Untied will have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property, and make arrests. He will also conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties, and advise landowners on dealing with wildlife.
Wildlife officers serve an important role as a point of contact with law enforcement and other agencies on topics of mutual interest, providing assistance and expertise.
“I’m excited to have been assigned to Morrow County, I look forward to working with its residents and helping where possible,” said Untied.
Untied is a 2007 graduate of Granville High School in Licking County. In 2011, he received a bachelor of science degree in wildlife and fisheries management from West Virginia University.