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Wardens Named Officers of the Year
Two Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens have been recognized at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Commission meeting at Austin Headquarters.
Derek Spitzer (first photo, standing between Chairman Dan Hughes Jr. and Executive Director Carter Smith) won the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies 2014 Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year award, marking the 45th year this award has been presented to a Texas Game Warden. He is currently stationed in Wood County. Additional details »
John Thorne (second photo, alongside Chairman Dan Hughes, Texas Boating Law Administrator Asst. Cmdr. Cody Jones, and Executive Director Carter Smith) won the National Association of Boating Law Administrators Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, having received the honor originally at the organization's 55th annual conference in Bar Harbor, ME. He is currently stationed in Freestone County. Additional details »
Operation Game Thief is Texas' wildlife crime-stoppers program, a function of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Law Enforcement Division. OGT offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals who violate the state's game and fish laws. Since its inception in 1981, calls to the OGT Reward Hotline have resulted in more than $1,180,000 in assessed fines, and rewards totaling over $220,000 paid to the concerned, responsible citizens who made those calls. More »
Meet the new K-9 corps! This story shows the first-ever K-9 team of Texas Game Wardens meeting their new four-legged partners. The first training phase shown here focuses on narcotics. That's a reality of what game wardens encounter in the field, though it's only one aspect of their broader work. K-9 teams also learn search and rescue, how to sniff out illegal hunting/fishing evidence, and many other skills.