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GFP News - November 14, 2017


altman named william janklow law enforcement officer of the year

Pierre, S.D. -  Conservation Officer Dan Altman was named the 2017 William Janklow Law Enforcement Officer of the Year during the Law Enforcement Appreciation and Children’s Charities Dinner in Sioux Falls Nov. 8.

Altman began his career as a Conservation Officer for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) in 2009 and has served the Presho and Yankton communities.

In his young career, Altman was a 2010 recipient of the South Dakota Conservation Officers Association (SDCOA) Patton Torch Award, the 2015 recipient of the Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year Award, the 2016 SDCOA Officer of the Year, the recipient of the 2016 National Wild Turkey Federation Officer of the Year for South Dakota, and the 2017 South Dakota recipient of the Officer of the Year Award from the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers.

"Dan has shown superior leadership, initiative and professional dedication in protecting the wildlife and fisheries resources in the State of South Dakota," said GFP law enforcement administrator Andy Alban. "He is precise in his investigative tactics and leaves no stone unturned."

The William Janklow Law Enforcement Officer of the Year began in 2012. The winner, selected by the Janklow family, must demonstrate outstanding service in law enforcement.


brown county conservation officers receives gfp distinguished achievement award

Pierre, S.D. - Brown County conservation officer Nick Cochran was awarded the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks’ (GFP) Distinguished Achievement Award at the GFP Commission’s November meeting.

Cochran, who is a 15 year veteran with GFP was awarded the Department’s highest honor in part for his excellent service to hunters, anglers, GFP and his community.

"Nick has been the face and voice of the Department in the Aberdeen area for 12 years," said GFP wildlife director, Tony Leif. "He has gained the public’s trust and respect with accountability and his willingness to be available at any time."

Cochran also serves on the local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation board, recruits mentors for youth looking to become active in the outdoors and is instrumental in Aberdeen’s successful Youth Sportfest.

"Nick is an excellent communicator with the public and takes the time to explain a law, management technique or procedure until an individual has a full understanding," said Leif. "He is a prime example of our Department’s expectation of serving the public by inspiring confidence through compassion."


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.

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