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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department graduated the 61st Texas game warden and state park police officer cadet class Aug. 1 at the Texas State Capitol. The class included 34 game wardens and seven state park police officers.

Following their seven month preparation at the TPWD Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County, the newly-commissioned state peace officers were recognized during a special ceremony that included a keynote speaker, oath of office and commissioning by senior-level department staff and TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith.

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Vice officers serve a warrant at Fresh Amusement on July 20.

Some may see it as a victimless crime. Others, like Beaumont Police Department’s Sgt. Bobby Anderson, know better. He’s seen the victims.

Over the last 18 months or so, Anderson has tracked the calls for service to game rooms and gaming sites throughout Beaumont. Robberies, theft, arson, assault … the list goes on and on, for roughly 500 pages of call reports alone.

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