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October 9, 2003


Conservation Officer Trainees on Board at Fish and Game

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department today announced that two new Conservation Officer trainees have joined the ranks of Fish and Game Law Enforcement.

Eric Hannett, of Rumney, previously served three years in the U.S. Army and, most recently, four years with the Plymouth Police Department. Hannett grew up in Lebanon, N.H., and considers his trainee position with Fish and Game an exciting new direction. "I'm looking forward to the diversity of the job," Hannett said.

Michael Matson, of Derry, served 6 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Colby Community College in Kansas. A native of northern New Hampshire, Matson participated in forestry competitions throughout his high school years and won a gold medal in the National Forestry Competition in 1996. In his new position, Matson looks forward to "protecting what I love to do -- hunt, fish, hike and enjoy the outdoors!"

During the initial year of the trainee program, the new recruits will gain experience working with Conservation Officers in every district of the state. If they successfully complete the yearlong trainee program, they will then be assigned to permanent Conservation Officer patrols with Fish and Game.

New Hampshire Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division is responsible for the enforcement of all laws, rules and regulations pertaining to fish and wildlife. Conservation Officers prosecute all of their own cases involving offenders of wildlife law. They also are responsible for search and rescue operations and for enforcing off-highway recreational vehicle regulations.

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