Ok, first off - this doesn't directly affect me. I'm in a debate on another forum about this issue, and even though I likely know what will be said here...I wanted to see it. Background - our state's conservation officers (insert whatever catchy name you'd like ) are fully sworn peace officers with statewide arrest authority. They attend the DOCJT academy like every other street agency, and then do an additional 12 weeks of their own, for a total of 30 weeks of academy. I don't know how long FTO is, but it's irrelevant to the discussion. Currently, there's a bill in play that would restrict these guys to wildlife violations ONLY. While I understand, and agree, that wildlife violations should be the primary focus of the officers...this would effectively make them mall cops of the woods (credit to a forum member over there for the phrasing). Our conservation officers are sometimes the only backup a local guy might have. For those patrolling rural areas, you understand how vital it is to have a backup officer available, no matter WHAT patch he wears. To not allow the conservation officers to act as backup for local folks would be, in my opinion, detrimental in several ways. Let's hear your opinions. Also, the officers routinely come across pot fields, meth labs, DUI/BUI (boating), possession of narcotics, etc. while performing their primary functions as conservation officers. If they are neutered, as this bill proposes, then they won't be able to arrest someone for being falling down drunk while he's fishing. Nah, that's not a public safety issue, is it? Same thing with running across a pot field. The suspects could actively be farming, and the officer couldn't do a damn thing about it. So, what say the GT braintrust? And I know for sure there's at least one Fed type wildlife guy on here. I plan on linking to this particular thread, since there are several people over there who actually support this happening, so make the responses good, if you will. Also, for the Kentucky residents viewing this - if you oppose it, make your voice heard. The bill is SB64, and this is only a portion of the entire bill. Some of the other parts, I don't have issues with - just this particular one. Read the bill, and contact your folks. I'm working on getting the FOP to oppose it.