Col. Jeffrey M. Gray, (603) 271-3128
Jane Vachon, (603) 271-3211
June 20, 2007
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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 earning 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.
Sergeant Irving "Chip" Joseph, of Center Ossipee, was named the Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year for his significant accomplishments related to N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement wildlife management responsibilities, search and rescue missions, OHRV law enforcement efforts and an array of community policing and public relations programs.
Joseph has participated on the Fish and Game Search and Rescue and Dive teams; served 15 years as a Field Training Officer; and is a member of the CO Recruit Interview Board, a Police Pursuit Driving Instructor, Team Leader of the Law Enforcement Division's Honor Guard, Chief Operator and Instructor for the Airboat Program; hoist operator for Blackhawk Helicopter rescue and advanced operator of the coastal Joint Enforcement boat. Joseph's initiative, experience and leadership over his 24-year career also merited his recent promotion to Sergeant as the new District One Deputy Chief in Coos County.
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.
Lieutenant Kevin J. Jordan, of Groveton, was honored as the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Conservation Officer of the Year. Jordan is a 13-year veteran of Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division. Previously, he had served four years as a police officer in Whitefield, N.H.During his tenure with Fish and Game, Jordan has served as a Field Training Officer, Division Firearms Instructor, Critical Incident Response Team Leader and member of Fish and Game's advanced Search and Rescue Team.
Jordan is currently the District Five Chief responsible for covering Merrimack County and portions of Strafford and Rockingham counties. Jordan and his District Five Conservation Officers completed several challenging and successful search and rescue missions and important community policing initiatives in 2006. His strong work ethic and "lead by example" motivation have been the catalyst for dramatic improvements in District Five, despite several vacant patrol areas, resulting in a significant increase in wildlife and OHRV law enforcement productivity.
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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