Officers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks are in the Queen City for a special training mission.
Conservation officers took to the woods near the Homeland Security training facility on Wednesday for overland search and rescue training. Their mission was to search for a blue, 150-pound dummy hidden in the woods. Officials say they are forced to conduct rescue operations in all sorts of conditions and the stormy weather gave them some good practice.
"These officers have to complete this map and compass course before we can even touch the field because they have to have knowlege of a map and how to use a compass," according to James A. Crawford with the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks.
Conservation officers have been taking part in training missions all week and will continue to through Thursday. Officers say they take part in training at least once a month.