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OSP F&W Division Central Oregon Team Receives Division's 2009 "Team of the Year" Award
Captain Jeff Samuels
OSP Fish & Wildlife Division
(503) 934-0221

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Left to right:
Top row – Senior Trooper Lindberg, East Region F&W Lt. Randy Scorby, Trooper Travis Ring, Senior Trooper Greg Love, Senior Trooper Rich Young, and Senior Trooper Andrew Menlow
Bottom row – Senior Trooper Mark Prodzinski, Senior Trooper James Hayes, and Sergeant David Pond
Not pictured: Senior Trooper Amos Madison)

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife (OSP F&W) Division recognized the exceptional work of troopers from the Central Oregon Team (COT) today when Captain Jeff Samuels announced today they were the recipients of the Division's Team of the Year award for 2009. This is the fourth presentation of the award since the OSP F&W Division implemented a new program celebrating and recognizing the outstanding teamwork by our troopers in protecting Oregon's natural resources.

Supervised by Sergeant David Pond, the nine-member Central Oregon Team is comprised of one sergeant and 8 troopers assigned to OSP offices in Bend, Madras and Prineville. Challenged by diverse natural resource enforcement issues in this fast growing area of the state, COT members work closely with members of neighboring fish & wildlife enforcement teams and are very involved in their communities with local user groups and the media. Team members maintain a cooperative working relationship with the Warm Springs Tribe, US Forest Service, BLM, and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, and are very active with the local Oregon Hunter's Association Chapters giving presentations on enforcement and protection efforts.
In making the surprise announcement to COT members at the OSP Bend Area Command office, Samuels said "this award reflects your teamwork, leadership, work ethic, commitment and overall professionalism."
Ranging from 5 to 28 years of OSP service, the following OSP F&W Central Oregon Team members have a total of 129 years of law enforcement experience:
  • Sergeant David Pond (OSP Bend)
  • Senior Trooper James Hayes (OSP Bend)
  • Senior Trooper Greg Love (OSP Bend)
  • Senior Trooper Andrew Menlow (OSP Bend)
  • Trooper Travis Ring (OSP Bend)
  • Senior Trooper Mark Prodzinski (OSP Madras)
  • Senior Trooper Chuck Lindberg (OSP Madras)
  • Senior Trooper Amos Madison (OSP Prineville)
  • Senior Trooper Rich Young (OSP Prineville)
Some of the year's highlights involving the Central Oregon Team were:
  • Senior Trooper James Hayes received a report of a person that shot a 4x4 buck at Oatman Flats. Thinking it was strange that the person would drive over irrigation pipes to retrieve the shot buck, the complainant video taped the person leaving providing important evidence to help identify the vehicle. Hayes provided the vehicle's description to OSP patrol troopers in the Oakridge area who spotted and stopped the vehicle, finding a large 4x4 buck and the weapon used to shoot it. Hayes responded to the stop location and developed further information that led to a search warrant being served at the suspect's residence where troopers later found evidence of four unlawfully taken blacktail deer bucks, seizing deer meat, antlers, and other evidence. The suspect was charged with Theft in the First Degree (3 counts), Unlawfully Taking Deer (4 counts), Unlawfully Taking Elk (2 counts, and Theft of Lost, Mislaid Property.
  • Assigned to work the lower Deschutes River from May through November, Senior Trooper Chuck Lindberg works closely with BLM and the Warm Springs Tribe to provide enforcement protection on this 100 mile wild and scenic stretch. Lindberg is very active on the river with fish & wildlife, criminal and traffic enforcement, wild and scenic waterway rules, and Marine Board enforcement. OSP receives consistent praise from area partners and the Lower Deschutes River Managers Group for its enforcement efforts and work to maintaining a family atmosphere on the river.
  • Senior Trooper Andrew Menlow, an OSP pilot assigned to the Fish & Wildlife Division, frequently assists other trooper and partner agencies with flight needs, and is called upon to assist local law enforcement with search & rescue operations and aerial searches.
  • As part of an investigation involving the illegal possession of a deer, the COT team developed suspects and learned one of them had bragged about killing a cow elk with a bow and arrow without having the required elk tag. A search warrant was obtained and led to recovering evidence of the illegally taken elk. Upon the investigation's conclusion, the suspects were facing several charges including Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Deer, and Taking Elk without a Valid Tag.
Last year's recipient was the Mid-Coast Team comprised of six troopers working out of Tillamook, McMinnville and North Plains.
To learn more about the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division, including a link to monthly newsletters highlighting the work of your OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers, go to our website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/index.shtml.
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).