Law enforcement rangers with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division consistently face a wide variety of natural resource related criminal activity. Often times, lengthy criminal investigations ensue which require diligence and dedication on behalf of the officers. One such dedicated ranger, Cpl. Brent Railey of Troup County, was recently recognized as the 2010 State Investigative Ranger of the Year for his work.
“Cpl. Railey did an exceptional job with all aspects of this investigation,” says WRD chief of law enforcement Col. Homer Bryson. “The command staff sincerely appreciates his unrelenting efforts in bringing these poachers to justice.”
The investigation worked by Cpl. Brent Railey was first reported as a night hunting violation by the Troup County Sheriff’s office. Upon his initial investigation, Railey found an abandoned pickup truck and a poached deer. Over the course of nearly three months, the officer was able to collect enough evidence to show that the suspect’s whereabouts were not what he had reported. Eventually, Railey was able to get enough evidence to result in a first offender guilty plea by the suspect, which led to a fine of over $2,000 and a loss of hunting privileges for two years. This violator was later caught night hunting again (Oct. 2009) rendering his first offender status null and void.
Additional WRD rangers were nominated for the award by their supervisors for their outstanding investigative work in 2009. They are as follows: Cpl. Nathaniel Jones, Cpl. Jason Roberson, RFC Richard Tanner, Sgt. William Vickers and Cpl. Cindy Miller.
For more information on the 2010 State Investigative Ranger of the Year Award, call the WRD law enforcement headquarters office at (770) 918-6408.