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2007-08 Approximately 70 in-service training sessions were held statewide to complete mandatory officer skills training for approximately 575 sworn officers, including 385 active deputies. This training includes Firearms, Defense and Control Tactics, Hazmat, First Aid/CPR, Verbal Skills, Legal Updates and Use of Force. All salaried conservation officers were certified as Deputy Federal Wildlife Agents by the USFWS. Game Commission firearms instructors were recertified as Glock pis- tol armorers. An estimated 600 non-enforcement employees attended in-service training sessions on topics such as First Aid/CPR, Hazmat, ATV Safety, Chainsaw Safety, Right to Know, Defensive Driving, Chemical Immobilization of Wildlife, Deer Management, Wildlife Disease Surveillance, Wildland Fires, Game Lands Planning and Pesticide Safety. Late in 2007, the preparation began for the testing and selection of the 28th WCO cadet class, but due to budget constraints and a statewide hiring freeze, this class has been put on hold. The division processed a total of 302 out-service training requests this fiscal year with a total registration cost of $48,762 and a total expense of $130,819. Twenty three percent of the registrations were “no fee” registrations and 69 percent were $100 or less. Approximately 85 managers and supervisors received development training through the Office of Administration in-service programs. The division serves as the point of contact for the agency with the Office of Administration, Human Resource Development for mandated computer based training courses in Discrimination Awareness, Sexual Harassment Prevention, Drug Free Workplace, Workplace Violence, Ethics in the Workplace, Emergency Awareness, Security Awareness, Information Technology Acceptable Use, Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, etc. The Training Division coordinates the agency “Right to Know” program required by state and federal law. Division staff conducted several Right To Know classes for new employees and conducted an agency wide annual review of Right To Know in-service training and record keeping compliance. In other actions: • Division staff entered 4,547 training records for all employee classifications. • Staff attended statewide Training Officer meetings to implement training programs provided by the Governor’s Office of Administration. • Division staff reviews and revises agency Standard Operating Procedures and develops and reviews certain agency report forms. • Division staff serves as the agency point of contact with the American Red Cross for training services and materials. • Division staff serves as liaison with East Stroudsburg University, Northeast Wildlife DNA laboratory for collection of samples for deer, bears, turkeys, etc and for sample collection protocols. This project, when completed, will provide DNA databases for all big game animals in PA and many other species of special interest. • Division staff serves on the Agency Awards Review Committee and reviewed nominations for various awards. • The Training Division participated in the orientation of two newly appointed members of the Board of Commissioners. • Uniformed staff members of the division continue to participate in field activities such as patrol, attending meetings, answering calls for service and assisting field personnel and working at check stations. 30 GAME NEWS

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