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Shikar-Safari Club International Selects OSP Sergeant as State's Top Conservation Enforcement Officer
08/08/2008
Lieutenant Steve Lane
Oregon State Police - Fish and Wildlife Division
Office: (503) 934-0324

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Left to right: OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Captain Walt Markee, Sergeant Hoodenpyl, and Shikar-Safari representative Lynn Loacker
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The Shikar-Safari Club International has honored an Oregon State Police (OSP) sergeant as the State's top conservation enforcement officer for 2008. OSP Sergeant Tood Hoodenpyl was awarded the "Shikar-Safari Club Wildlife Officer of the Year". The award, given annually for more than 25 years to recognize outstanding game enforcement officers, was presented August 8, 2008 at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Friday in Salem by Shikar-Safari representative Lynn Loacker.

 
The annual award from the conservation-based organization honors the officer whose efforts during the previous year show outstanding performance and achievement among the state agency's 120-plus sworn Fish and Wildlife law enforcement personnel. Sergeant Hoodenpyl's selection by the Shikar-Safari Club is for his commitment to fish and wildlife enforcement and protection, placing the 13-year OSP veteran with a "distinguished group of officers" recognized for their outstanding performance and dedication to duty.
 
Sergeant Hoodenpyl, age 37, transferred to the OSP Tillamook Office in April 2006 as a senior trooper with a career goal of promoting in the future to a sergeant position at that office. He achieved that goal in December 2007, and to this point throughout his nearly 13-year OSP career Hoodenpyl has approached his job selflessly gaining the highest level of respect by other supervisors, his peers, subordinates and other agencies and community groups. Hoodenpyl supervises OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers currently assigned at OSP work sites in Tillamook, Banks, and McMinnville.
 
"Todd is not only a leader respected by many; he also has a vision knowing what he wants to do and takes on many responsibilities that helps the Department, local communities, and fish and wildlife partner organizations," said Captain Walt Markee, OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Director.
 
According to OSP Northwest Region Fish and Wildlife Division Lieutenant Steve Lane, Hoodenpyl had prepared himself to the point that he was able to take over the responsibilities of a sergeant immediately because of his vision as well his desire to succeed and do his best for the Fish and Wildlife Division and the Oregon State Police. In addition to addition to the many cases he has worked and solved, Hoodenpyl has been recognized for his involvement with the community, relationships with private timberland owners and area public safety agencies, and his help with organizing the Division's participation in the Portland Sportsman Show and "Wall of Shame".

 
Lieutenant Lane noted that "regardless of rank, Sergeant Hoodenpyl is the type of officer that we all should strive to emulate as he has also earned recognition from his supervisors and his fellow troopers."
 
In addition to his recognition by Shikar-Safari International, Hoodenpyl was recently named as the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division "Trooper of the Year" for 2007.

 
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 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.