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Texas Game Warden Mission Statement
Since 1895, our mission has been to have Texas Game Wardens serve the citizens of Texas by providing professional law enforcement, water safety, and search and rescue, while working to conserve and protect the natural resources of Texas.
Game Warden Strategic Plan
For over 100 years, Texas Game Wardens have exemplified dedication, passion and commitment to protecting the natural resources of Texas.
As fully commissioned State Peace Officers, Texas Game Wardens not only enforce fishing, hunting and water safety laws; they also apprehend dangerous criminals and provide valuable public safety to the people of Texas.
We now have our Strategic Plan available, which includes our primary goals, strategies, and leadership model.
Midwest Officer of the Year
Texas Game Warden Brad Clark was recognized as the Texas Officer of the Year by the Midwest Association of Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers.
Stationed in Smith County, Game Warden Clark exemplifies teamwork and outreach daily in every facet of his career and personal life. Brad assists with of one of the most interactive water related, physically challenged program sites in the state.
He works collectively and cooperatively with the City of Tyler, TX to hold an annual Hunter Education program that includes hands on training to over 100 area youth each year for a day long training exercise introducing them to the outdoors, hunting, and fishing safely.
Brad was instrumental in participating in “Tyler Touch a Truck” program which exposed area Magnet Schools to the career of law enforcement.
He operates at a level that sets the bar for mission focus in the Law Enforcement division and is seen as a model officer by other agencies in his county of assignment. Brad pays attention to detail and perfection by ensuring an elite standard in all areas from uniform, personal appearance, physical readiness, decision making, and case management.
In the past year, he logged over 200 hours of marine patrol and filed over 300 cases. Brad arrested an internationally wanted felon, filed more than 15 narcotics cases, 2 BWIs, and 1 DWI. Brad completed 3 drowning investigations with the assistance of other wardens and communicating with the Texas Game Warden Dive Team he successfully recovered the victims and returned them to their family.
Brad is a founding member of the Texas Game Warden boat accident team. Being a member of this team requires great commitment and effort.
During this fiscal year alone Brad has responded to (6) major boat crashes; (2) of these crash responses included fatalities.
Brad was commended by a local entity on his response during the Van Tornadoes which displaced school children, destroyed homes, schools, and killed residents and was a federally declared disaster area. Brad responded to and assisted in a local flooding event and rescued and patrolled for looting in the worst flood to hit Caddo Lake since the early 1900s. In the fall of 2015 an historic Ice Storm hit Tyler, TX and shut down Interstate 20 for two days. Brad led a team of wardens to patrol Interstate 20 in order to rescue, bring supplies, and answer calls for service during this disaster event.
Brad has consistently shown leadership and has conducted, coordinated, and taught the nationally accredited Marine Safety Officer Course for the past 3 years certifying over 100 Texas Peace Officers in a 12 county area to be Marine Safety Officers. His leadership has been recognized by 5 Texas Sheriffs for his involvement in teaching this course.
Search and Rescue, Disaster Response
“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.