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January 31, 2011

Recent Promotions at N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has announced several recent promotions in its Law Enforcement Division.  They include:

Capt. John Wimsatt
Captain John Wimsatt
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JOHN WIMSATT of Northwood is the new Administrative Captain, overseeing N.H. Fish and Game's Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) Enforcement, Safety Education and Registration Programs. In his new position, Wimsatt also serves as the primary responder from Fish and Game to the Emergency Operations Center at the N.H. Office of Emergency Management, is the liaison with other state agencies in establishing and coordinating resource and recreational management goals, and helps train and evaluate Conservation Officer Trainees and Deputy Conservation Officers.

"John Wimsatt’s fair and professional approach has earned him the respect of the public and the officers he works with. He has been responsible for maintaining strong working relationships with various police departments and has been involved with many search and rescue operations, managing both field operations and complex search missions. John has led by example, showing other officers how to be successful through hard work and determination," said Col. Martin Garabedian, Chief of Fish and Game Law Enforcement.

Wimsatt has served more than 18 years in Fish and Game law enforcement, beginning his career as a Conservation Officer in 1992. In 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant and became the District Six Chief, supervising officers patrolling New Hampshire's seacoast.  In January 2010, Wimsatt transferred to Fish and Game headquarters as the District Five Chief. He is an Assistant Dive Master for the Fish and Game Dive Team, a trained background investigator, and a former member of the Advanced Search and Rescue Team. Wimsatt also is known for being instrumental in creating the "Forever Locked" Moose Antler Project, which he continues to oversee.

Among other accomplishments, Wimsatt successfully implemented the federal-state Joint Enforcement Agreement for New Hampshire's seacoast. He has served as an expert witness in a manslaughter trial and two homicide prosecutions. He was selected as the 2001 N.H. Conservation Officer of the Year by the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association and has earned a Certificate of Valor and a Congressional Award.

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Lt. James Juneau

Lt. James Juneau
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JIM JUNEAU of Gilmanton is the new District Five Lieutenant for N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement, supervising a working unit of Conservation Officers who patrol south-central New Hampshire, one of the state's most populous areas. 

"Jim Juneau has always gone above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen our vital relationships with the community," said Martin Garabedian, N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief.  "He has successfully managed many challenging search and rescue missions and actively assisted in complex coastal enforcement efforts. Above all, he is a capable leader who cares about the well-being of his officers."

Juneau earned a BS degree from Cornell University in 1987, majoring in Animal Science, with a minor in Natural Resources. Following college, he spent ten years in the insurance industry, serving in technical, supervisory and managerial roles. He began his career with N.H. Fish and Game in October 1997 and has served more than 13 years as a Conservation Officer.  Initially assigned to the Alton patrol area, in 2004 he was promoted to Sergeant and became the Assistant Chief of District Two, which encompasses the Lakes Region and southeastern areas of the White Mountains. 

In 2006, Juneau was selected as the N.H. Wildlife Officer of the Year by the Shikar-Safari Club International. He is a Field Training Officer, a past member of the Advanced Search and Rescue Team, a Defensive Tactics Instructor and serves on the Conservation Officer’s Oral Interview Board. Juneau was the first officer at Fish and Game to become certified in Thermal Imager operation and is now a certified instructor in this field.

Juneau's accomplishments include major investigations and significant prosecutions of criminal and fish and game cases. He has received commendations for his exemplary efforts as a dive team member during complex search and rescue dives and drowning recovery missions. Juneau has been instrumental in creating a comprehensive Search and Rescue Resource list for every officer in his district. He successfully completed the intensive Marine Law Enforcement Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. He also has been active in the Conservation Officer Relief Association over the years, serving as both Treasurer and Vice President.

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DAVID WALSH of Antrim is the new Fish and Game Sergeant in District Four, which encompasses southwestern New Hampshire.  There, he serves as the Assistant District Chief, while continuing to cover a patrol area that includes several towns. He coordinates equipment and training needs and oversees Conservation Officer Trainees serving in the district.

"Officer Walsh has worked diligently throughout his career, providing professional service to his constituents and promoting better wildlife conservation through his enforcement efforts, while maintaining an excellent relationship with the public," said Martin Garabedian, Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief.  "He has proven himself to be an outstanding officer, exemplifying the image of what today’s professional Wildlife Officer should strive to be."

Walsh began his career with N.H. Fish and Game in 1997 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Wildlife Management. His first assignment was in the Salem/Nashua area; in 2003, he transferred to the Hillsboro patrol.

Walsh is a Field Training Officer, operates the Search and Rescue Airboat, is a member of the Conservation Officer’s Oral Interview Board, is a District Firearm Instructor and Ruger Armorer, as well as a Background Investigator.  He attended the Federal Law Enforcement Boat School in Georgia in 1999, and since has been integral in carrying out Federal initiatives in cooperation with the State of New Hampshire, including the Joint Enforcement Agreement and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council. 
    
Walsh's accomplishments include his selection in 2002 as the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association's N.H. Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. He represents the Law Enforcement Division at the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association, where he has gained the respect of his peers on a national level.
       
Within District Four, Walsh readily assists his fellow Conservation Officers, volunteering for and planning special details targeting wildlife violators, according to Garabedian.  He also routinely pursues special details outside the District, such as enhanced snowmachine patrols in District One in the North Country and the winter Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby enforcement detail on Lake Winnipesaukee.

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Sgt. Scott LaCrosse

Sgt. Scott LaCrosse
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SCOTT LACROSSE of Loudon is the new District Five Sergeant for Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division. In his new role, Sergeant LaCrosse will be the first line superviser of Conservation Officers patrolling densely populated south-central New Hampshire.

"The Law Enforcement Division is fortunate to have an officer with Scott’s exceptional abilities, dedication and expertise to help us promote the Department’s initiatives," 
said Col. Martin Garabedian, N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief. 

LaCrosse began his career as a Conservation Officer at N.H. Fish and Game in 1988. He has served in the patrol area encompassing the towns of Loudon, Concord, Pittsfield, Chichester, Canterbury and Pembroke for more than 22 years. District 5 is based in Concord, so LaCrosse also has regularly taken on additional duties to accommodate the needs of Headquarters staff, a unique challenge he has always taken in stride, according to Garabedian.

LaCrosse has received many commendations for his exemplary efforts as a member of the Specialized Advanced Search and Rescue Team. He has demonstrated a unique ability for working with the Army Air National Guard, which designated him as an honorary member of their Blackhawk Helicopter Crew as a result of the hundreds of hours LaCrosse has flown with them during extended search and rescue missions in the White Mountains.

During his years at Fish and Game, LaCrosse has demonstrated great success in the areas of major case investigations and Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV)/All-Terrain Vehicle accident investigations.  LaCrosse is a Field Training Officer, a valued member of the Advanced Search and Rescue Team, a Defensive Tactics Instructor and instructs officers in many other crucial skill areas.  He is also a member of the Conservation Officer’s Oral Interview Board.  LaCrosse has been instrumental in training other officers in his district in the complex field of map/compass and GPS land navigational skills.

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Sgt. Brian Abrams
Sgt. Brian Abrams
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BRIAN ABRAMS of Conway is now the District Two Sergeant for Fish and Game Law Enforcement.  He serves as the Assistant District Chief within District Two (based in New Hampton) while continuing to cover a patrol area covering several towns.  He will oversee equipment, material and training needs of the officers in his district, and supervise Conservation Officer Trainees assigned to District 2.

"Sergeant Abrams brings to us a variety of valuable traits and experience," said Martin Garabedian, N.H. Fish and Game Chief of Law Enforcement. "His impressive work ethic and highly professional approach to conservation law enforcement have earned him the respect of all those he works with." 

Abrams has been a Conservation Officer in New Hampshire for more than 20 years.  He began his career with Fish and Game in 1990, and after his probationary year, was assigned to the Conway patrol area within District Two, where he still lives.

Abrams is a Field Training Officer, an Assistant Team Leader on the Advanced Search and Rescue Team and a member of the Fish and Game Dive Team. Over the years, his accomplishments have included significant prosecutions of criminal and fish and game cases. He has received many commendations for his exemplary efforts during complex search and rescue dive missions. He was honored with Fish and Game's Life Saving Award and the New Hampshire Congressional Law Enforcement Award for "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty" for saving the life of a cross-country skier in Livermore in 2003. In 1996, he was selected as the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Officer of the Year for the State of New Hampshire.

Abrams' tireless efforts have helped to promote the successful accomplishments of Fish and Game's Advanced Search and Rescue Team. He also has been an active participant in many law enforcement details throughout the state, ranging from Joint Enforcement Agreement activities on the coast to winter snowmachine patrols in Pittsburg. He has been active in the Conservation Officer's Relief Association over the years, and served as its President from 1994 to 1996. 

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