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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.
Game Warden Association, Game Warden of the Year
At its March Commission meeting, Matt Waggoner was recognized as the Texas Game Warden Association's Game Warden of the Year.
Now in Young County and previously in Palo Pinto County, he has always been one of the top-producing wardens in the district and region. In the past 4 years alone, Matt has arrested over 40 subjects for either BWI or DWI. These numbers would be even higher, but Matt is constantly tasked with assisting out-of-area wardens or young wardens with proper marine safety enforcement. Matt's water safety enforcement efforts aren't contained to the confines of Possum Kingdom as he is the go-to guy for over 80 miles of the Brazos River.
Matt has always worked to develop and maintain great interagency relationships within his county. He is also a member of the Search and Rescue Team.
We are extremely proud of his effort to help Texas' natural and cultural resources.
National Wild Turkey Federation's Texas Officer of the Year
Fayette County's 25-year Texas Game Warden Calvin Harbaugh was recognized at the agency's March commission meeting as the National Wild Turkey Federation Texas Chapter's Officer of the Year.
A top performing Game Warden, Calvin has a strong work ethic, regularly exhibits excellence, and is always at the top of his district in performance.
As a member of the Critical Incident Peer Support Team, he has been called upon numerous times this past year to assist his fellow wardens and their families during trying and difficult times. Calvin is always ready to assist in this capacity and has never declined a call for service during these difficult situations.
Calvin is also a member of the Search and Rescue Team, and holds his certification as a Swift Water Technician.
We value Calvin's work, and appreciate our partnership with the National Wildlife Turkey Federation who recognizes him.
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.