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6 Wednesday, March 2, 2016 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com MARK FIKE K-9 Officer, so his duties take him all over the region and he may actu- If you are at least 21 years of age, ally be many counties away when a interested in wildlife, fisheries and request for assistance is made. Hav- law enforcement and enjoy the out- ing just three officers spread over five doors, consider a career working for counties is tough on the officers too Virginia's Department of Game and and they have been working some Inland Fisheries. The department is mighty long hours and seeing their actively looking to recruit well quali- families a lot less than they should. fled individuals to fill Conservation That said, it is good to see that VD- Police Officer positions for 32 coun- GIF is finally permitted to recruit of- ties or localities in the state, ricers and hopefully get them into an Several of those locations include academy soon. If things go well, we Spotsylvania, Caroline and West- might have some new officers in the moreland counties. In the fall we field during the fall hunting season. ran a column about the need for Some of the duties for Conserva- Conservation Police Officers to fill tion Police Officers include enforc- over 30 vacancies in the state, and ing fish, wildlife and boating laws. in that column I detailed some of Officers can be expected to patrol in the reasons why those of us that love vehicles, boats and on foot to detect the outdoors as well as nonhunting law violations, conduct investiga- landowners would benefit from the tions and apprehend and arrest vio- staffing of all vacant positions in the lators. state. The work would also include pre- Sume of those points included the paring cases for trial and presenting possibility of a shorter response time findings in court. One of the attri- when a landowner or outdoorsman butes of our local officers is that they calls for assistance. At the present are reasonable and have developed time in the district King George is good relationships with our corn- part of, we have only three Conser- munity. Obviously, VDGIF is look- ration Police Officers that would ing at the personalities of candidates typically be able to answer a call IF to ensure they will deal well with the all three were on duty at the same public. time. The district is composed of five Some of the qualifications include counties. In a scenario where the of- meeting the physical demands of the ricers on duty were attending a call job, demonstrated ability to handle in Northumblerland County and a their responsibilities as stated in trespassing or poaching incident was the job announcement, possess a occurring in King George, a call for high school diploma, valid Virginia assistance may result in quite a bit driver's license with a safe driving of response time. One of the officers history, no dishonorable discharge assigned to our district is actually a from the Armed Forces, no felony convictions or misdemeanor convic- tions of domestic violence, perjury, false statement, larceny, and vari- ous drug and alcohol convictions. A thorough background investigation will be conducted. VDGIF is look- ing for people that have an inter- est in the outdoors with experience fishing, hunting and boating. If you speak another language, particularly Spanish, that is a plus. Those that are successful appli- cants will receive basic training at the expense of the department. There is a residency requirement which states that, "Successful can- didates must establish and occupy a primary residence that is within the jurisdictional boundaries of their as- signed duty station by the comple- tion of the CPO Basic Law Enforce- ment Academy:' There are just some of the high- lights of the actual job announce- ment which can be viewed at https:// virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/post- ings/35718. The application must be complet- ed online by March 25th to be con- sidered. We really need another Conserva- tion Police Officer in our district to help field calls, enforce the laws and protect our wildlife, fish and prop- erty. If you know anyone that might be interested, please tell them about this announcement. Hopefully the officers we get to fill the vacancies in the counties around us will be just as professional and reasonable as the officers we currently have that re- spond to calls in our area. Senior CPO Spuchesi chats with youth hire more Conservation Police officers, they are causing problems Photo by Mark Fike hunters recently. Virginia wants o because staffinglevels are so tow ~oto courtesy -I Congressman Rob Wittman, left, with retired King George Supervisor Joe Grzeika and Congressman Dave Bratt at Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce gala after Grzeika was honored with the Woodward Leadership Award wins chamber Woodward Award PHYLLIS COOK cret. I was looking around the room to see who she could be talking about. I didn't have a clue until Su- Former King George Supervisor Joe Grzeika ac- san started describing the navy career piece, saying cepted the Prince B. Woodward Leadership Award the recipient had been an electronic warfare special- from the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Com- ist:' marco, presented by Susan Spears, chamber presi- To be selected, Spears said the person must be a dent and CEO. distinguished leader with longevity, commitment The presentation took place on Jan. 29 during its and dedication to the community. annual awards banquet and gala as the final award She noted Grzeika's 23 years of public service to of the evening. King George, saying it began with three years on the Grzeika told The Journal he had no idea it was Planning Commission as its chairman, after which coming, he was elected to five terms on the Board of Super- "It was a complete surprise to me and I was ex- visors, with many terms as chairman. He chose not .... tremely humbled and honored by it;' Grzeika said. to run for re-election, retiring from the board at the "What was surprising was they kept it a total se- end of December. 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