North East Conservation Law Enforcement Association


2016 Northeast Chiefs Fall Conference

Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire


Chiefs and command staff from several Northeast states meet in New Hampshire, in late September, for the annual fall conference.  Several retired chiefs attended the conference sharing stories of day gone by.  Current chiefs attended sessions on current issues facing conservation law enforcement.



The Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association recognized the 2015 Officers of the year, at the annual NEAWFA conference, held in Annapolis Maryland April 3-5.  These men and women were chosen because of their exemplary service and commitment to the protection of our wildlife and natural resources.  Pictured from left to right are: Environmental Police Officer Daniel Reeve, Massachusetts – Conservation Officer Paul Toppin, New Jersey – Warden Robert L. Currier III, Vermont – Conservation Enforcement Officer Matthew Stone, Connecticut – Warden Tom McKenney, Maine – Waterways Conservation Officer Darrin Kephart, Pennsylvania – Wildlife Conservation Officer Brian Sheetz, Pennsylvania – Conservation Officer Robert Mancini, New Hampshire – Special Agent Ashton Koo, US Fish and Wildlife – Enforcement Officer Justin Hanacek, NOAA – Corporal Shea Lindale, Delaware – (pictured below) Environmental Conservation Officer Myles F. Schillinger, New York (not pictured) Marine Patrol Officer Brian Brodie, Maine –  Environmental Police Officer Joseph Buban, Rhode Island.






[Augusta, Maine – April 8, 2016] For the second year in a row, the Maine Warden Service helped host the International Visitor Leadership Program. A group of eight people from Mozambique, Africa, that included two chief game wardens, a district prosecutor, a judicial magistrate (judge), an assistant AG, a journalist, and others, visited with leadership in the Maine Warden Service for the day as part of their larger tour of the United States.  This group is in the United States under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, a more than 75-year-old program started by former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. This program was arranged by the World Affairs Council of Maine, Meridian International Center in Washington D.C., and the Maine Warden Service.
Today’s visit began with an overview of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by Commissioner Chandler Woodcock and Game Warden Colonel Joel Wilkinson. Afterwards, the group visited the Maine Law Enforcement Officer Memorial, took a tour of the State Capital, and met with Governor Paul LePage and IF&W Committee Chair, Senator Paul Davis. After lunch, Chief District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdier and Penobscot County District Attorney Chris Almy met with the group to discuss their roles in Maine’s judicial process. The afternoon wrapped up with an overview of the Maine Operation Game Thief Program, a private, non-profit organization that works with the Maine Warden Service to pay rewards to citizens who turn in poachers.
During their stay and travel in the US, some objectives include an assessment of our efforts to deter poaching and trafficking of wildlife resources through wildlife protection policies, law enforcement, and criminal prosecution. They will explore non-governmental organizations that promote and support wildlife protection and discourage consumer demand. Additionally, the group will examine the harmful impact of international wildlife trafficking on political, economic, environmental, and social stability.
Photos courtesy of the Maine Warden Service: Photos include today’s meeting with Governor Paul LePage, Colonel Wilkinson addressing the group, group photo including Chief District Court Judge Charles LaVerdier and Penobscot County District Attorney Chris Almy, and this morning’s viewing of the Maine Law Enforcement Officer Memorial in Augusta.



Pennsylvania held the 4th WCO David Grove Memorial 5K Run on April 16th in York Co. PA. The race attracted over 200 runners from several states.  The picture above is all of the Law Enforcement Officers that attended and includes; NJ Game and Fish, MD Natural Resource Police, Special Agents and Rangers from NPS, PSP, local PD’s and PGC/PAFBC.