Cpl. Roger Tate of Evening Shade has been named the National Wild Turkey Federation's 2011 National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
He joins the ranks of 11 wildlife officers who have received this prestigious recognition since the NWTF initiated the award program.
"I'm honored to be recognized like this," Tate said. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime career accomplishment and it means the world to me."
In addition to earning the NWTF's 2011 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award, Tate also recently received the 2011 Arkansas State Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.
His accomplishments were recognized at the NWTF's 35th annual National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn.
The convention was themed "Our Youth. Our Legacy."
The theme honors the next generation of hunters and conservationists.
"We're proud to honor Cpl. Tate for his fantastic work in Arkansas," said George Thornton, NWTF chief executive officer. "He has done a tremendous job working to conserve wildlife and uphold our game laws. Our fine wildlife officers are important to conservation. We salute Cpl. Tate and the rest of the great wildlife officers across this country, and thank them for their service."
Tate is a 13-year Arkansas Game and Fish Commission veteran assigned to Sharp County District C-1, the Arkansas district that typically leads the state in the number of wild turkeys harvested each year.
He has maintained a 100 percent conviction rate for years, a direct result of his preseason wild turkey investigations and effective investigative skills.
Additionally, Tate is an active NWTF volunteer who serves as a youth mentor to support our hunting heritage by instructing hunter safety classes, and assisting with NWTF outreach events and other educational activities.
"Perhaps the most notable youth activity Roger has been involved with is devoting many hours to Arkansas youth church camps," said Col. Mike Knoedl, the AGFC's chief enforcement officer. "He not only shared his love for the Lord with those young people, but he taught them to respect and conserve the natural resources our state has been blessed with."
The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage.