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Patrolling the Peaks and the Plains: An Examination of Big Sky Game Wardens

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice Studies Volume: 24 Issue: 4 Dated: December 2011 Pages: 409-418
Stephen L. Eliason
Date Published
December 2011
10 pages
This study examined the danger in rural or specialized law enforcement agencies.
Policing is a dangerous and sometimes deadly occupation. Given the remote areas patrolled as well as the presence of fewer officers, rural law enforcement officers face unique dangers on the job. Conservation law enforcement is one type of rural and specialized policing. The purpose of this study was to extend the authors understanding of the game warden occupation. Little research has been directed toward the study of game wardens and the dangers they encounter on the job. This research took a qualitative approach to data collection and examined dangers and occupational hazards faced by state game wardens in Montana. Causes of game warden deaths in the state were also identified. The findings suggest game wardens in Montana encounter several distinct dangers when performing their jobs, including humans, motor vehicles, and environmental factors. Game wardens receive training that helps them minimize the risk of assault on the job. (Published Abstract)