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Program Summary

    1994 SWD and SAD Ranger Safety Study
    1995 Nationwide HQ Ranger Safety Study
    1996 10 May 1996 recreation policy letter from MG Genega on Park Visitor/Ranger safety with the requirement to include 24- hours of personal protection/unarmed self-defense, situation evaluation and Pepper Spray training within two years of employment for all personnel performing visitor assistance duties.
    1996 Pepper Spray Task Force All studies came to same conclusion: Authorize OC for self-defense purposes
    1997 Briefed Director of Civil Works
    1998 Received Directors approval to conduct Pepper Spray field test
    1999-2001 Tested three recreation seasons (two at Belton-Stillhouse Hollow Lakes only; third was SWF-wide)
    Results: SWD recommended approval
    2002 Dir. Civil Works approved program
    2004 The Pepper Spray training was incorporated into the Visitor Assistance Basic training course

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