New Fish and Wildlife officers assigned to Collier

Three new Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are ready to begin patrolling Collier County's woods and waters.

Nicole Allen, Marcus Reith and Christine Smith were among 18 graduates of the FWC's academy on Feb. 1, according to a news release. They began their training in July 2012. The specialized training involves firearms proficiency, wildlife identification, vessel operation and a focus on state and federal wildlife, fisheries and environmental laws.

The graduates will spend the next three months with a field-training officer.

FWC officers are responsible for patrolling all of Florida's woods and waters, including its state forests and state parks.

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