COS Recruits 8 New Auxiliary Officers
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government has announced additional resources to help the Conservation Officer Service (COS) enforce the province’s new off road vehicle (ORV) enforcement regulations.
COS deputy chief Chris Doyle says they will soon have eight auxiliary conservation officers “focusing on off road vehicle education and enforcement across the province.”
He says the COS has taken the “lead responsibility for enforcing these regulations” and notes the new officers were made possible through “the reallocation of resources from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.”
Doyle says one of these officers will be stationed in the Prince George area (Omineca region) adding their responsibilities won’t be limited to ORV regulations.
“They will also complement and support full time conservation officers with enforcement and other duties including responding to human/wildlife conflicts.”
He says the eight new auxiliaries will receive training in July and August before being posted throughout the province.
“They’re expected to work until January and then resume duties again in the spring of 2017.”
B.C.’s new off road vehicle regulations kicked in November 1st, 2015 and included new provisions on number plate placement, rules for child operators and safety equipment requirements.