Comparison of Professional Positions and Duties Between State Park Peace Officers and Game Wardens for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
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The paper discusses how the conservation officer deals with culture and today's society's duties—learning the behavioral characteristics that distinguish between a state park police officer and game warden for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). A literature review reveals data on game wardens and protection of wildlife and looking more into the data collected from qualitative formats and keeping an eye on identifying emergent themes related to criteria components. Each of these themes will be discussed in greater detail with descriptive, quantitative statistics. To better understand each peace officer experience, interviews for the State Park Police Officers (SPPO) leaders and the Game Wardens (GW) for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The survey's relationship to determine respondents' collections of questions will focus on the information and the decisions they made. This survey will focus on five areas: 1. Green criminology theory, 2. Protecting the Environment (Agency Mission), 3. Peace Officer Roles (Scope of Power and Specialized Training), 4. Volunteer engagement, and 5. Educational background and requirements. Additionally, former interviews of two game wardens and the Law Enforcement Structure of TPWD are investigated to learn how there is a pay variance and how the park police deal more with the human side of how people deal with nature versus the mission to protect the wild places for the future. As the two law enforcement figures move forward, the predominant figure is the tone set by being a game warden.
CitationPowe, R. G. (2021). Comparison of Professional Positions and Duties Between State Park Peace Officers and Game Wardens for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Master of Applied Geography Degree, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.