The 20 conservation officers sworn in last spring are now at work in various locations throughout the province.

The new faces mark the largest influx of recruits the B.C. Conservation Officer Service has had in 10 years.

They will fill existing vacancies and newly-funded positions in locations with the highest need and areas where retirements are imminent.

In the Cowichan Valley, Duncan got one of the new recruits.

Doug Forsdick, chief conservation officer says the new resources will enhance officer safety with a doubling of all of the single officer posts in areas with high-call volumes and emerging pressures.