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OSP McMinnville Trooper Receives Shikar-Safari Club International Award
06/08/2012
Captain Jeff Samuels
Fish & Wildlife Division
(503) 934-0221

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(Left to right: Senior Trooper Turnbo and Lynn Loacker)
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(Left to right: Sergeant Todd Hoodenpyl, Senior Trooper Turnbo, and Captain Samuels)
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Conservation-based organization, Shikar-Safari Club International, honored a McMinnville-area Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper as the State's top wildlife enforcement officer for 2011. The award was presented Friday at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Salem in front of his family, peers, meeting attendees, and commissioners.

Shikar-Safari Club International representative Lynn Loacker gave Senior Trooper Adam Turnbo the Shikar-Safari Club International "Wildlife Officer of the Year" award, placing him in a distinguished group of officers who have earned recognition for their commitment to fish and wildlife enforcement and protection of natural resources. The award has been given annually for more than 25 years to honor outstanding wildlife enforcement officers whose efforts during the previous year reflected outstanding performance and achievement among the state agency's sworn fish and wildlife law enforcement personnel.

"Senior Trooper Turnbo's dedication to the protection of Oregon's natural resources is unwavering and he is a very skilled investigator who knows how to perform his job well." said Captain Jeff Samuels, OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Director.

Turnbo, age 34, has worked in the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division for 11 years and is a member of the Mid-Coast Team stationed in McMinnville. He was an OSP cadet from 1997 to 2000 before joining the department as a sworn member in 2000 assigned to the Fish & Wildlife Division. He has also worked at OSP offices in Coos Bay, Albany, and Salem.

Shikar-Safari Club International is a worldwide organization dedicated to 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.

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The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).

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 and the habitats upon which they depend. Fish and Wildlife Division officers are fully trained State Troopers who also enforce traffic, criminal, boating, livestock, and environmental protection laws and respond to emergency incidents.