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OSP Bend F&W Trooper Receives 2009 "Fish & Wildlife Division Trooper of the Year" Award
Captain Jeff Samuels
OSP Fish & Wildlife Division
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Sergeant David Pond
Oregon State Police - Bend
Fish & Wildlife Division
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A Bend-area Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper known by his supervisor as "one of the most diligent troopers I have ever met in locating and apprehending criminals", received the division's 2009 "Fish & Wildlife Division Officer of the Year" award. Senior Trooper James Hayes, age 36, was presented the award Tuesday by Captain Jeff Samuels, OSP Fish & Wildlife Division director, and his supervisor, Sergeant David Pond, during a presentation at the OSP Bend Area Command office.
This is the fourth annual presentation of the division's award based on criteria including professionalism, dedication to citizens and natural resources of our State, and work ethic. Nominations were received from around the State and reviewed by regional and General Headquarters staff before the announcement of the award recipient.
A member of the Central Oregon Team, a nine-member OSP F&W team selected today to receive the "2009 Fish & Wildlife Division Team of the Year" award; Hayes has been assigned in the F&W Division for seven of the 11 years he has worked for OSP. Pond noted that Hayes' work is an example of his well-rounded approach to keeping an eye out for people committing any type of crime or traffic offense.
During 2009, Senior Trooper Hayes investigated and successfully concluded a variety of cases including:
  • A lengthy investigation into criminal fish & wildlife crimes in Oregon and Idaho that ultimately uncovered video tapes featuring at least four suspects involved in illegal taking of wildlife, and the seizure of taxidermy mounts of bear, deer, cougar, and moose. The suspects were charged with multiple crimes in Oregon and Idaho.
  • While patrolling a highway east of Bend using Patrol Division overtime grant funds, Hayes stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and noted a small amount of blood on the passenger door and an odor of fresh meat. Subsequent investigation revealed the two occupants had 3 antelope and a deer. Each faced charges for Illegal Possession of Antelope and Illegal Possession of Deer.
  • Receiving a report from US Forest Service employees of two subjects putting deer meat into a vehicle, Hayes responded from over 100 miles away to investigate and asked two deputies to contact the subject until he could arrive. Using the meat's temperature obtained with a thermometer, Hayes determined the two bucks were killed at separate locations and were not road struck deer as had been first claimed. The suspects were charged with numerous fish & wildlife offenses.
Hayes joined OSP in 1999 when he was assigned in the Patrol Services Division at the Gilchrist work site. He transferred to the Fish & Wildlife Division at the Bend Area Command office in 2005.
Previous honorees were Trooper Marc Boyd from the Springfield Area Command office (2008), Sergeant Todd Hoodenpyl from the Tillamook work site (2007), and the award's first recipient in 2006, Luke Schwartz who is now assigned as a Patrol Sergeant at the Tualatin work site.
The primary responsibility of the Fish & Wildlife Division is enforcement of fish, wildlife, and commercial fishing laws and protection of natural resources. The members of the Fish and Wildlife Division also enforce traffic, criminal, boating, livestock and environmental protection laws in addition to responding to emergency situations.