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OSP Albany Fish & Wildlife Trooper Receives Two Top Awards
Captain Jeff Samuels
Oregon State Police - General Headquarters
Fish & Wildlife Division
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Left to Right: Captain Jeff Samuels and Senior Trooper James Halsey
Left to Right: Senior Trooper Halsey and Shikar-Safari representative Lynn Loacker
<p< P=""> </p<> An Albany-area Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division trooper received two awards this week, the Division's 2010 "Fish and Wildlife Division Trooper of the Year" and the Shikar-Safari Club International "Wildlife Officer of the Year."
On Thursday, April 21, 2011, Captain Jeff Samuels, OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Director, presented Senior Trooper JAMES HALSEY the Division award during a Mid-Valley Team meeting at the OSP Albany Area Command office. The second presentation occurred April 22 when Shikar-Safari Club International representative Lynn Loacker recognized Halsey as the State's top conservation enforcement officer with the Shikar-Safari award during a presentation at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Salem.
The Division award is the fifth annual presentation and is based on criteria including professionalism, dedication to the citizens and natural resources of our State, and individual work ethic. Nominations were received from around the state and reviewed by regional and General Headquarters staff before the announcement of the award recipient.
Given annually for more than 25 years, the Shikar-Safari award from the conservation-based organization honors an officer whose efforts during the previous year reflected outstanding performance and achievement among the state agency's sworn fish and wildlife law enforcement personnel. HALSEY's selection by the Shikar-Safari Club International places him in a distinguished group who has earned this recognition for their commitment to fish and wildlife enforcement.
"Senior Trooper James Halsey is a professional in every sense of the word," said Samuels. "He is well respected by his peers and local community. He routinely serves as a mentor to younger troopers as well as supports others involved in critical incidents. Senior Trooper Halsey goes above and beyond the expectations of an Oregon State Trooper and I am proud of him for these honors as the recipient of the 2010 Fish and Wildlife Division ‘Trooper of the Year' and the Shikar-Safari Club International ‘Wildlife Officer of the Year.'"
HALSEY, age 40, joined OSP in 2000 when he was assigned to the Patrol Services Division at the Oregon State University Patrol office. He transferred to the Fish and Wildlife Division in April 2005 and was stationed at the Albany Area Command office. HALSEY has trained four new Fish and Wildlife Division Troopers, is a team leader on the Critical Incident Response Team, and acts as a Patrol Tactics Instructor. Those that nominated HALSEY for the awards remarked at his dedication to the protection of Oregon's natural resources.
The primary responsibility of the Fish and Wildlife Division is enforcement of fish, wildlife, and commercial fishing laws and protection of Oregon's natural resources. All OSP Fish and Wildlife Division officers are fully trained State Troopers. They also enforce traffic, criminal, boating, livestock, and environmental protection laws and respond to emergency situations.
Shikar-Safari Club International presents annual awards to wildlife law enforcement officers in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and the territories of both nations. The club is an exclusive organization with a worldwide membership of no more than 200. The club originally formed in 1952 to provide members an opportunity to get together and talk about their hunting experiences, but has evolved into an organization that supports conservation and education through a worldwide foundation. Shikar-Safari Club International is recognized worldwide for its efforts in the protection, enhancement, and preservation of wildlife and has placed particular emphasis on endangered and threatened species through the promotion of enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.