Game Warden Strategic Plan

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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.

2019 Prosecutor of the Year Award

Wiley “Sonny” McAfee - 2019 Prosecutor of the Year Award

Wiley “Sonny” McAfee was given the award at the Texas Parks & Wildlife August Commission meeting in Austin. Having enjoyed a career in criminal justice spanning more than forty years, he currently is the District Attorney for the 33rd & 424th Judicial Districts, which encompass Blanco, Burnet, Llano, and San Saba Counties.

Sonny has been steadfast in his support for law enforcement, including our Texas Game Wardens and Park Police Officers within his jurisdiction. He and his staff have been instrumental in the prosecution of a variety of high-profile cases presented by TPWD officers. From the conviction in 2015 of an intoxicated boater who crashed into a patrol boat, seriously injuring a Marble Falls Police Captain, to the highly publicized 2016 prosecution of individuals responsible for vandalizing the formations at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Sonny has made clear his dedication not only to the citizens of his districts, but to their natural treasures as well.

More recently, our honoree went above and beyond in ensuring justice for the victims, including a Lampasas High School student who lost his life, of a 2002 hit- and-run boat accident on Lake Buchanan. Sonny, through his close relationship with Texas Game Wardens, reached out to victims, their families, and witnesses from the over-a-decade-old case and defeated a motion made by the defendant’s attorney to grant early release from the terms of conviction secured by the previous District Attorney. The effort put forth in this single act was a display not only of a dedication to justice for the victims and their families, but of Sonny’s appreciation for the hard work and determination of our own Texas Game Wardens, of whom several were deeply impacted both by the crime and the ensuing investigation.

In addition to the traditional role as a prosecutor most visible to the public eye, Sonny utilizes the resources of his office to serve the community in ways that are often unseen and underappreciated outside of the law enforcement community. His office continually provides invaluable training opportunities that would not otherwise be available to law enforcement within his area. This dedication to effective and professional policing is a benefit to the citizenry that is daily enjoyed but rarely understood.

Regardless of the immense responsibilities of his office, Sonny remains personally available, day or night, to offer guidance, insight, and friendly advice to our Game Wardens. This hands-on approach and personal affinity for law enforcement are more and more becoming true rarities. We are truly privileged to have both the support and friendship of Wiley “Sonny” McAfee.

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.

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