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Jason Honaker named VDGIF Conservation Police Officer of the Year

March 13th, 2014 10:05 pm by George Thwaites

Jason Honaker named VDGIF Conservation Police Officer of the Year

RICHMOND — Jason Honaker has been named Conservation Police Officer of the Year for 2013 by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Honaker is a 25-year veteran of the force and currently stationed in Scott County.

He joined the VDGIF in 1988 as an Officer in Appomattox County, a position which he held until transferring to Scott County in 1996. He was promoted to Senior Conservation Police Officer in June of 2011.

Honaker was commended by the VDGIF for continually seeking to improve his effectiveness as a law enforcement officer through completion of numerous training and certification programs. In turn, Honaker has shared his extensive knowledge with other law enforcement officers in the capacity of instructor.

Honaker is exceptionally accomplished in the field of defensive tactics and has been appointed as the Chief Instructor for the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Defensive Tactics Cadre.

Honaker was recognized for detecting a high number of wildlife, fish and boating violations. He strives, said department spokesmen, to fairly enforce the laws of the Commonwealth while promoting VDGIF's mission to preserve our natural recourses for future generations.

"Officer Honaker is a tenacious investigator and a great officer" said Colonel Ron Henry, Chief of the Virginia Conservation Police. "Whether he is writing a ticket for a violation or teaching a Kid's Fishing Workshop, Jason always treats our citizens with dignity and respect."

In the course of his duties, Honaker has consistently developed successful, cooperative working relationships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. He regularly works cooperatively with fellow conservation police officers, and wildlife and fisheries biologists, as well as other department personnel.

His activities, with regularity, merit excellent performance evaluations from his supervisor.

He is extremely active in his community and has coached the Scott County Youth Outdoor Team at the Hunter Education Championships in Appomattox since 1998. This year his team finished in first place overall. He is active in the planning of Virginia Wounded Warrior program events, as well as many other outdoor sports associated events. 

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