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|CO Michael G. Eastman of Gilford was honored as the 2008 Shikar-Safari Club Officer of the Year.|
|CO Michael Boudreau was named the 2008 Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Conservation Officer of the Year.|
Col. Martin Garabedian: (603) 271-3128
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
June 16, 2009
N.H. Fish and Game Honors Conservation Officers of the Year
CONCORD, N.H. -- Two N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers were recently honored for outstanding performance -- Michael G. Eastman of Gilford and William J. Boudreau of Portsmouth. "It is my distinct pleasure to congratulate our officers for earning these prestigious awards in recognition of their strong work ethic and initiative during the past year," said Col. Martin Garabedian, Law Enforcement Chief for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
Conservation Officer Michael G. Eastman of Gilford was named the Shikar-Safari Club International 2008 Wildlife Officer of the Year. Eastman patrols many Lakes Region fishing hotspots, including Lake Winnipesaukee, Lake Winnisquam and the Winnipesaukee River; areas also popular with hunters, snowmobilers and off-highway wheeled vehicle enthusiasts.
"Eastman maintains an excellent rapport with his constituents and consistently promotes Fish and Game's mission in a capable and professional manner," said Garabedian. "Throughout his six years with Fish and Game, Mike Eastman has consistently exhibited a strong work ethic and the professionalism that exemplifies what today's Wildlife Officer should strive to be."
In addition to his required job duties, Eastman has taken on added responsibilities as a Field Training Officer, and as a member of Fish and Game's Specialized Search and Rescue and Dive teams. He completed a four-week Marine Law Enforcement Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia and assists Fish and Game's coastal Conservation Officers with enforcing complex marine regulations.
"Eastman has shown a tremendous tenacity in the performance of his duties, consistently producing a high volume of activity," said Garabedian, citing Eastman's "sixth sense" for locating and apprehending wildlife violators and other criminal activity. This intuition earned him the 2008 "Looking Beyond the Traffic Stop Award" from the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council and the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Congressional Award.
Eastman was selected for this honor by the Shikar-Safari Club International, 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.
Conservation Officer William J. Boudreau of Portsmouth was honored as the 2008 Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Conservation Officer of the Year. Boudreau patrols in New Hampshire's seacoast region.
"A reliable and thorough professional, Conservation Officer Bill Boudreau has shown a tremendous tenacity in the performance of his duties, consistently producing a high volume of activity and maintaining a firm and fair approach," said Garabedian.
Boudreau handles a variety of coastal responsibilities and has made significant strides in raising the level of compliance among the fishing community. He is an enthusiastic and effective member of the Dive Team, supports visiting COs assisting in the Joint Enforcement Agreement Program, and worked many late-night details on the New Hampshire coast during the 2008 summer season. Boudreau served as the lead investigator in a two-year-long lobster trap theft case in which a commercial fisherman was convicted on all charges and had his lobster license was suspended for three years. This represents one of the most significant lobster cases in recent memory and was of particular importance to the commercial fishermen affected by this illegal activity.
In one notable case in 2008, Boudreau was instrumental, in conjunction with another officer, in convicting a deer hunter who tried to cover up the illegal taking of a deer on posted land. Boudreau placed his business card inside the paunch of the deer while it was still on the posted property. During his investigation of a subject and subsequent interview, the deer remains mysteriously showed up several towns away on another piece of property. Unknown to the hunter, his business card was still inside the paunch, a fact that led to a quick confession and the man's subsequent conviction on several charges in two District Courts.
Boudreau was selected for this honor by the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association, which represents chiefs and command staff of 22 law enforcement organizations throughout the northeastern U.S. and Canada. Its purpose is to encourage 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. Each year, this association recognizes an officer from each state for his or her outstanding contribution to fish and wildlife protection of our country's natural resources.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Law Enforcement Division is responsible for the enforcement of all laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources. 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. Visit www.wildnh.com.
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