09/29/14 – SAFMC News Release: Council Recognizes Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 

September 29, 2014  

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Council Recognizes Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

         Georgia Department of Natural Resources Ranger First Class David Brady receives award

     Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council awarded the 2013 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to Ranger First Class David Brady with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.  RFC Brady was presented the prestigious award by Council Chairman Ben Hartig during the Council’s September meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.  The award, acknowledging service above and beyond duty requirements, recognizes distinctive service, professionalism and dedication to enforcing fisheries regulations in the South Atlantic region.  Nominees may be submitted from each of the southeastern state law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA Fisheries.  The Council’s Law Enforcement Advisory Panel selected three of the nominees for 2013 for consideration by the Council.

      Law enforcement is an integral component of the fishery management process. To recognize its importance, the Council initiated the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award in 2010 to recognize outstanding contributions made by law enforcement personnel.  “Presenting this award is one of the duties as Chairman that I enjoy the most,” said Council Chairman Hartig.  “We have outstanding men and women that go beyond the call of duty each day to enforce the laws protecting our natural resources, and work with the public to increase awareness of the need for protection and conservation.  They deserve recognition.”

      Assigned to the coastal region for the Department for the past three years, RFC Brady is the Captain of the agency’s 27’ SAFE vessel and a 35’ Contender patrol boat, often patrolling offshore waters under the State’s Joint Law Enforcement Agreement with NOAA Fisheries as well as serving on the State’s Counter Terrorism Task Force Team. 

     “Officer Brady is a 10-year veteran with the Department and has taken a strong interest in federal fisheries and working through the Joint Enforcement Agreement for the State of Georgia,” said Captain Doug Lewis, who made the nomination on behalf of the GA DNR Law Enforcement Division.  “One of his traits is self-motivation.  Once he starts working an enforcement issue, he goes above and beyond to carry the issue through to completion. Officer Brady is the type of officer you wish you had more of in the department.”

     RFC Brady has participated and/or been the lead investigator in five federal fisheries cases that were referred to NOAA Fisheries during the last year.  In a recent case, RFC Brady and another Officer staked out a local boat landing for 16 hours in order to apprehend a suspected violator whom the department had received complaints about keeping illegal offshore fish.  Once contact was made with the suspect, it was discovered that there were numerous fisheries violations and the case was referred to NOAA Fisheries Special Agents. The offender was prosecuted for federal violations.

     RFC Brady attended the presentation in Charleston with his wife Amber and expressed his sincere appreciation to the Council for the recognition. “I want to thank the Council for the award.  The success of the department is truly a reflection of the team efforts of our entire department.  It takes everyone working together to make our operations successful, said Brady. “I thank my department, from my fellow officers all the way up the chain to our supervisors, for that support.”

      The Council’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award is one of several recently received by RFC Brady.  He is currently serving as the GA DNR Coastal Region Officer of the Year and serves on the agency’s Ranger Advisory Board.  He is also the current Investigative Officer of the Year and a two time recipient of the Governor’s Award for Heroism. 

     Brady has completed the Marine Law Enforcement Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and currently serves as a Field Training Officer for newly hired Conservation Rangers.  He has been an active member of the Department’s elite Honor Guard team for five years. “David’s dedication to his profession shows each day in everything he does,” explained Captain Lewis. “I am honored as his supervisor to have nominated him for this award and grateful to the Council for the recognition.”

   Other nominees acknowledged by the Council’s Law Enforcement Advisory Panel for their service are: Officer Jonathan Weaver with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries who serves the Oak Island and Holden Beach areas and Lance Corporal Adam Henderson with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.