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DNR NEWS - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        March 27, 2014

DNR promotes conservation officer

Lt. Shane Kirlin, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been promoted to the rank of captain and is now training and recruitment manager for the agency’s Enforcement Division.

“I look forward to expanding our current officer recruitment efforts and working with division training staff to ensure our officers have the skills and abilities that will enable them to successfully carry out the DNR’s mission,” Kirlin said.

Kirlin has extensive training in areas such as “use of force” and leadership.

He graduated from the Conservation Officer Academy in 2001, and was assigned to the Montevideo field station. He transferred to the Madison field station in 2003. He was promoted to a southern regional position in 2006 and was also named District 4 supervisor the same year. Prior to joining the DNR he was a deputy with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office for nearly four years.

Kirlin attended the University of Minnesota – Duluth completing a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology. He also attended Hibbing Technical College’s Law Enforcement Certification Program.

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