The Public Safety Department - or Rangers - exist to help you, so don’t be shy about saying hello or reporting any concerns. Rangers help people enjoy Stark Parks by patrolling on foot, by car, bicycle, boat, and ATV.
Rangers are commissioned peace officers in the State of Ohio.
Reach an on-duty Ranger at 330.353.2377.
Gunnar, a Belgian Malinois and German shepherd mix, became the first K-9 Ranger at Stark Parks in early 2014. He is trained in narcotics tracking and detection, search and rescue, suspect apprehension, and article searching. With his handler, Ranger Crock, Gunnar also appears at many community events just to say hello and receive some extra attention.
The Ranger Cadets program gives young adults ages 14 to 20 the chance to explore, observe, and participant in natural resource enforcement with Stark Parks Rangers.
Cadets learn wildlife laws, firearm safety, and various patrol methods including vehicle ride-alongs, bikes, and watercraft.
A membership and fees for supplies to participate in the program are required. Meetings are held at least twice per month in addition to participating in events during the year.
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