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Shikar Safari Recognizes Wildlife Officer of the Year

Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year - Benny G. Richards, Jr

Each year, the Shikar-Safari Club International recognizes Game Wardens from North America as “Wildlife Officers of the Year.” This marks the 36th year this award has been presented to a deserving Texas Game Warden.

The Shikar-Safari Club International “Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year” for 2015 has been named as Benny G. Richards, Jr., a 20-year veteran currently stationed in Hunt County in northeast Texas.

He is recognized as consistently going above and beyond the call of duty when performing his job as a Texas Game Warden. Benny practices “community policing” and is active at many levels in his community, including civic and community events and athletic programs.

From leading youth hunts to chasing hard core poachers, Benny takes immense pride and dedication in his work and cases he files and he is known as “the Game Warden's Game Warden”.

He consistently leads his district and region with over 130 cases filed, which over 50 were hunting cases, 30,000 miles patrolled and 200 boat hours logged this last year. He is also a team player that routinely assists other wardens with cases and investigations in Hunt County as well as surrounding counties. He has also spearheaded in-depth investigations, ran highly effective public information campaigns, and assisted in division branding through Operation Game Thief and an upcoming television series.

Special Operations Major keeps Cutting Edge

The Law Enforcement Division’s Major Chris Davis was recently presented with the agency's Employee Recognition Award in Leadership.

Rising through the ranks, the major oversees criminal investigations and tactical operations teams. Over the last three years, he has championed the development of the Game Warden rapid response SCOUT team, the agency's highly respected search and rescue team, the new K-9 unit and the boat accident investigation team.

With the demographics and landscape of Texas constantly changing, the agency needs leaders like this dedicated to the evolution of services so that it can continue to provide for the wants and needs of the state.