Parry Sound Conservation Officer Recognized
McGuinty Government Protecting Ontario's Natural Resources
Randy Pepper of Parry Sound has been named the Ontario Conservation Officer of the Year for 2011.
Pepper was recognized for his professionalism and commitment during his 26 years of service. He has been involved in uniformed, plainclothes and covert operations. His career as an undercover officer with the ministry is the longest on record. He also led a large-scale project cracking down on the commercialization of wildlife that resulted in eight people being charged with 69 wildlife offences.
- Pepper was awarded the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal in 2009.
- Conservation officers are professional law enforcement officers trained to police standards. Their job is to preserve and protect the province's natural resources.
“Conservation Officer Randy Pepper is a worthy recipient of this important award which recognizes his extraordinary dedication. Conservation officers like Officer Pepper play a vital role in protecting our province's natural resources.”