Game commission officers to be called 'state game wardens'

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is changing the title of its law enforcement officers for the first time in its 122-year history.

The commission said starting January 1, its officers will be called "state game wardens."

"The job titles previously used to describe our field officers – game protector and wildlife conservation officer – didn't fully identify their unique and diverse responsibilities," Bryan Burhans, the Pennsylvania Game Commission's executive director, said in a news release.

The wardens fulfill a broad variety of duties such as regulating hunting, protecting wildlife and the environment, researching, and hosting conservation programs.

"There is no 'off' season for our officers," Burhans said. "The breadth of responsibilities is what sets game wardens apart from other traditional law-enforcement professionals. Being a game warden requires a very unique person willing and able develop a diversity of skills in support of the agency."

Renaming full-time agency officers "game wardens" will immediately help the public know what these officers do, Burhans added.

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