UNITY, Maine – One of the premier Conservation Law Enforcement programs in the United States has announced a new faculty appointment.
Lori Perez has been named an Instructor of Conservation Law Enforcement at Unity College. Home to one of the most established and well-regarded Conservation Law Enforcement programs in the nation, Unity College annually places graduates in highly competitive federal and state law enforcement agencies across the United States.
Perez will teach and mentor future conservation law enforcement professionals, addressing theory while also incorporating personal experience as a field practitioner into courses such as Introduction to Conservation Law Enforcement, Wildlife Law Enforcement, and Crime Scene Investigative Techniques, among others.
Most recently Perez served as an Investigator with the Waldo County District Attorney’s Office in Belfast, Maine, where she supervised County employees within the District Attorney’s Office. She assisted in and investigated criminal cases with multiple Federal, State and local police agencies. She wrote, reviewed and approved search warrants, arrest warrants, subpoenas and affidavits on a daily basis, and was a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team.
Her broad experience as a law enforcement professional includes service as a Federal Wildlife Officer for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service at posts in Maine, New Jersey, Maryland and Massachusetts.
A graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Full Time Law Enforcement Officer Certification program, Perez also completed training for Level 1 Federal Law Enforcement Commission / Natural Resource Police Training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia; and National Park Service Conservational Law Training Academy / Level II Commission at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.
Her certifications and memberships are numerous. They include National Wildfire S-130 Basic Firefighter; Motorboat Operator Certification (MOCC); USFWS Collateral Safety Officer certified; SCUBA certified (including altitude diving); Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association (FLEOA); and Women in Federal Law Enforcement Member (WIFLE).
She holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Law from Central Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Outdoor Education from Westfield State College.
In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including for its focus on sustainability science, the leading-edge of 21st century ecological problem solving and the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change; its ground-breaking green innovations such as the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world; and being the first college in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education.
Unity College is a private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.