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Law Enforcement Division Vision Statement
As Texas Game Wardens, we proudly honor and respect our heritage while embracing the future. We continue to take progressive steps to improve our culture and practices to better serve and protect the natural resources and people of Texas.
Game Warden Strategic Plan
Our agency mission is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The Law Enforcement Division Vision is, as Texas Game Wardens, to proudly honor and respect our heritage while embracing the future. We continue to take progressive steps to improve our culture and practices to better serve and protect the natural resources and people of Texas.
SEAFWA's Texas Officer of the Year
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proud to recognize Eric Collins as its recipient of the 2018 Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Officer of the year award. Eric graduated the Texas Game Warden Academy in 2003 and is currently stationed in Cherokee County, in east Texas.
Eric has repeatedly excelled in the area of public outreach. This is witnessed in the numerous educational programs that he presents and the youth oriented hunting and fishing events that he either administers or collaborates with others on each year. He works with various organizations to secure supplies and provides hunter education training prior to taking young folks hunting.
Eric continuously goes above and beyond in every facet of his job. If there is a task that arises, he is up to it. Many questions about things such as deer breeder inspections or investigations get directed to Eric. He is extremely knowledgeable on the subject due to previous involvement in one of the largest breeder investigations/convictions in Texas history. He routinely teaches breeder enforcement classes to fellow wardens.
Eric was recently been selected, by his peers throughout the region, to attend a newly-formed leadership program. His leadership qualities can be seen in all that he does. Most recently he has sought out an in-region firearms instructor school and became certified to instruct our firearms qualifications and training.
Every day is an achievement for Eric as well as the Department and Texas in general. If he is on duty, there is some good coming out of it. He maintains public trust and admiration in a part of East Texas where people have not always appreciated what wardens represent.
Eric is constantly looking for ways to become more efficient. Eric has worked within our computer system to identify software that will help game wardens conduct searches in our license sales system. His efforts have made game wardens more effective in their jobs.
Eric is a game warden through and through. He exemplifies what wardens have been throughout history, but with a very modern, forward looking flair. No challenge is too great, and no request from the public is too small. He does an amazing job of balancing family with his job and makes it all work.
Sky Rescue: Helicopter Search and Rescue Team
“Any natural disaster and we will go.” Since 1895 our Texas Game Wardens have played a critical role in protecting Texas. They are here to help the citizens of Texas with an integrated team of professionals.
From well-trained helicopter pilots to K-9 teams to sonar-equipped dive teams, they risk their lives to protect others. From swift water rescue boats to helicopter hoists, there is no value that can be placed upon losing a human life.
Your Texas Game Wardens strive to maintain funding levels to have an appropriate response to persons in need in Texas.