CONTACT:
Col. Jeffrey M. Gray, (603) 271-3128
Jane Vachon, (603) 271-3211
July 10, 2006

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N.H. Fish and Game Honors Conservation Officers of the Year

CONCORD, N.H.
-- Two Conservation Officers from New Hampshire Fish and Game have received international and regional awards for outstanding performance. "It is my distinct pleasure to congratulate these officers for being honored with these prestigious awards, which recognize their strong work ethic and outstanding contributions during the past year," said Col. Jeffrey M. Gray, Fish and Game's Chief of Law Enforcement. The awards are as follows:

Sgt. James Juneau with his wife Cindy and son Mitchell.

Sergeant James S. Juneau, of Alton, was named New Hampshire's 2005 Shikar-Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year. Juneau serves as Fish and Game's District Two Sergeant and is a Field Training Officer for new Fish and Game Law Enforcement recruits. He is also an active member of Fish and Game's Dive Team and Advanced Search and Rescue Team. Juneau has worked to promote positive public relations with a wide array of constituents through innovative projects such as construction of a kiosk used to display pictures and wildlife-related literature at public events. Other special projects he has been involved in include making improvements to a Fish and Game firearms range and developing an inventory roster of local fire department search and rescue resources and equipment for use by area Conservation Officers.

The Shikar-Safari Club International is a worldwide organization dedicated to the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife, with emphasis on endangered and threatened species. The club promotes the enforcement of conservation laws and regulations around the world.

CO Jeremy Hawkes (left), with Col. Jeffrey Gray.

Conservation Officer Jeremy Hawkes, of Campton, earned the distinction of being New Hampshire's 2005 Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Officer of the Year. Hawkes was recognized for showing tremendous tenacity in the performance of his duties, consistently producing a high volume of activity. During the past year, he is credited with a total of 114 summonses and 72 warnings. The quality of his court cases is demonstrated by a high rate of conviction. Hawkes is a member of Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division's Search and Rescue Team, serves as an OHRV Safety Rider Instructor, and is Fish and Game's liaison with the Pemigewassett Valley Search and Rescue Team. In January 2005, Hawkes and CO Adam Cheney saved the life of a snowmobiler who had plunged through thin ice on Lake Francis in Pittsburg.

The Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association represents Chiefs and Command Staff of 22 different law enforcement organizations throughout the northeastern U.S. and Canada. Its purpose is to encourage and promote enhanced law enforcement cooperation among the member states and provinces, to study and exchange fish and wildlife law enforcement techniques and perspectives, and to promote cooperation and understanding among allied agencies in wildlife conservation and management.

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 handle search and rescue operations and enforce off-highway recreational vehicle regulations.

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