North Bay Conservation Officer Recognized for Excellence
Tim Rochette, a provincial investigator with the Special Investigations Services Unit, has been named the Ontario Conservation Officer of the Year for 2017.
Rochette has demonstrated his strong commitment to protecting natural resources, ensuring public safety, and mentoring fellow officers through his years of outstanding service and extensive community involvement. Some of his notable accomplishments include:
- Leading and executing many special investigations in high-profile cases, which resulted in significant convictions, licence suspensions and fines
- Using his expertise on safety, catching chronic violators, conducting complex investigations and implementing creative investigative techniques to train seasoned and junior officers
- Representing the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on the Near North Crimestoppers Board for five years, where he introduced creative public awareness initiatives focused on hunter safety, commercialization of fish and wildlife, and unlawful hunting activities.
Rochette began his distinguished law enforcement career with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in 1988 as a park warden at Devil's Glen and Wasaga Beach provincial parks before receiving a conservation officer appointment in 1994 with the Lake Huron Management Unit. Since then, Tim has worked in the Chapleau and Bancroft districts, and now works out of North Bay as a detective with the Special Investigations Services Unit.
- 2017 marks the 125th anniversary of natural resources law enforcement by conservation officers in Ontario.
- Conservation officers are professional law enforcement officers trained to police standards. Their job is to protect the Ontario's natural resources, and ensure public safety.
- The role of an Ontario conservation officer
“Conservation officers are a key part of our government’s positive presence in the field and they play a critical role in keeping our communities safe and protecting our natural resources. Officer Rochette’s extensive contributions to his community, as well as his strong leadership skills and dedication to mentoring other officers, make him an excellent choice for this award.”