Law Enforcement Division

The Law Enforcement Division is responsible for protecting Georgia's wildlife populations by enforcing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to game and nongame animals, threatened and endangered plants and animals, exotic animals, boating safety, litter and waste control and other natural resource issues. 

 

 

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What is a Conservation Ranger?

A Conservation Ranger (more commonly known as "Game Warden") is a peace officer certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
A Conservation Ranger enforces wildlife, environmental, boating, and other State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations in assigned areas.  Patrols are made by vehicle, boat, aircraft, ATV and mostly on foot.

Law Enforcement Division

The Law Enforcement Division is responsible for protecting Georgia's wildlife populations by enforcing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to game and nongame animals, threatened and endangered plants and animals, exotic animals, boating safety, litter and waste control and other natural resource issues. The LE division also administers the state's hunter education and boating safety programs. Conservation Rangers investigate violations of wildlife laws, as well as hunting and boating incidents. Rangers also conduct classes and programs to educate citizens about wildlife laws and safety practices. Contact us to locate your local DNR office or Conservation Ranger in your area

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DNR Law Enforcement Division names 2014 Ranger of the Year

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division named Corporal Greg Wade from Tift County as their 2014 Ranger of the Year earlier this week. Corporal Jeremy Bolen, who is assigned to Muscogee and Talbot counties, received the James R. Darnell Award as the runner-up to Ranger of the Year.

“These Rangers are leaders of the pack and they share the common characteristics of leadership, teamwork, dedication, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done,” said DNR Commissioner Mark Williams.  “I greatly appreciate their contributions to conservation law enforcement and generally keeping the citizens of Georgia safe, educated and compliant with the laws that will preserve our natural resources for generations to come.”

Wade is known as a resourceful enforcement officer who is particularly adept in the areas of waterfowl protection, boating safety, and investigations. His hard work and dedication earned him the 2013 Rocky Wainwright Waterfowl Officer of the Year award. He is a certified Law Enforcement Division instructor and is also a member of the Georgia Counter-Terrorism Task Force, where he trains frequently on tactical maneuvering and the use of specialized equipment.

Corporal Wade has exhibited exceptional performance as a Conservation Ranger and has distinguished himself among his peers.” said Col. Eddie Henderson, director of the Law Enforcement Division. 

Bolen is a dedicated, hardworking, and a well-liked officer who is known for setting a great example for newer Rangers.  He has won numerous awards in his 12 years with the Division and is currently the Georgia Boating Officer of the Year.  He and his K-9 partner Ruger are ambassadors for the Division’s goals of promoting boating and hunting safety through education programs and speaking engagements.  In addition to being a K-9 handler and carrying out his regular duties as a Ranger, he is a member of the Honor Guard and a firearms instructor. 

“Corporal Bolen is an outstanding Ranger and he and Ruger are a team you can always count on to perform at the highest level,” said Henderson.

The winners were selected from a group of seven nominees, one from each DNR region across the state.  The 2014 Region Rangers of the Year are:

Region I (NW Georgia) - RFC Brooks Varnell                        

Region II (NE Georgia) - Cpl. Craig Fulghum

Region III (E. Central Georgia) - Cpl. Mark Patterson              

Region IV (W. Central Georgia) - Cpl. Jeremy Bolen

Region V (SW Georgia) - Cpl. Greg Wade    

Region VI (S. Central Georgia) - RFC Joe Hilton

Region VII (Coastal Georgia) - Ranger Jason Miller

All seven nominees are well-known as outstanding role models and public servants with their respective communities.