SACRAMENTO - The California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) would like to congratulate five CSLEA Peace-Officers members at California Department of Fish & Wildlife who received awards in January 2016 for their outstanding acts and achievements.
"These law enforcement professionals were recognized by their department and/or organizations that support CDFW's mission, " said Resource Protection Peace Officers Association (RPPOA) President and CSLEA Director Matt Yarbrough. "We all strive to be our very best in our departments and proudly represent the badges we wear. We are proud of our members who received recognition for being standouts! Jobs, beyond well-done."
RPPOA - CSLEA members recognized by CDFW for Regional Wildlife Officer of Year included:
- Warden Lyle Chan (Merced)
- Warden Michele Budish (Los Angeles)
- Warden Art Golden (Kings)
- Warden Nicole Kozicki (Northern Enforcement District)
RPPOA - CSLEA member recognized by CDFW for Trainer of the Year and by National Wild Turkey Federation for Wildlife Officer of the Year:
- Warden Adam Kraft (Placer)
(From CDFW press release) Warden Kraft is energetic, enthusiastic and passionate about apprehending poachers. He is known for working extended hours, drafting complex operations and backpacking miles into remote areas to catch violators. In 2016, Warden Kraft led numerous operations resulting in arrests and citations for take out of season, shooting from vehicles, spotlighting, having a loaded long gun in a vehicle, no license or tag, unlawful possession of wildlife, overlimits of species and delaying an officer/evading arrest. Warden Kraft is dedicated to the Hunter Education Program and regularly participates in training courses. He is a seasoned Field Training Officer, an active instructor at the CDFW law enforcement academy, a firearms and range master and a defensive tactics instructor. He is also an avid outdoorsman and promoter of conservation and the CDFW mission.