MAINE - Colonel Timothy Peabody of the Maine Warden Service was honored by the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Organizations (IAFWA) when he received the organization's Law Enforcement Award for outstanding achievement in the field of conservation law enforcement at their annual meeting in Kansas last week.
According to the IAFWA, this is not an officer of the year award, and it is not given out each year. Rather the award was developed to recognize outstanding accomplishments above and beyond doing a "good job." The award recognizes outstanding achievements in conservation law enforcement that enhances the professionalism and significant advancement of conservation law enforcement in the areas of preventive enforcement, forensic techniques, equipment development, public relations, innovative operations and conservation enforcement research.
Peabody, of Northport, is a game warden of 14 years. Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Lee Perry promoted him to the rank of colonel from sergeant in 1998.
Upon promotion in 1998, Peabody immediately went to work implementing an action plan whose objective was to restore morale within the service and provide improved service to the public through enhanced training, supervision, field operations, and financing. Peabody's plan has lead to advancements in the areas of preventative enforcement, public relations, and innovative operations.
During his tenure:
* Fish and wildlife enforcement has become a priority in both philosophy and in statutory authority. Game wardens are provided with training addressing all aspects of the principles, law and procedures embodied in the new directives."The Maine Warden Service is an effective and highly progressive conservation law enforcement organization which deserves recognition for its outstanding accomplishments," said Perry, "This could not have been achieved without teamwork and contributions by all of its members. However the major determining factor in this transition is the leadership and professionalism displayed by Colonel Tim Peabody."
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