Lieutenant Michael Pollard was named the Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year for 2003. The award recognizes officers who have shown exemplary performance of their duties in the protection of wildlife, enforcement of game laws and implementation of conservation programs.
Employed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 1990, Lt. Pollard served as a conservation officer for three and one-half years in Macon County and eight years in Chambers County. In August 2001, he was promoted to assistant Supervisor for Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries District IV and moved to Lee County.
Lt. Pollard is responsible for the day-to-day field operations and supervision of six counties in east central Alabama, and is currently the only officer assigned to Lee County. He has made numerous arrests for violations, has assisted on many more, and effectively provides service to the people of Lee County. He is also actively involved in public relations, teaching and assisting in several hunter education classes and community fishing events.
"Lt. Pollard is highly respected by his peers, his supervisors, his subordinate officers, and the public, " said Captain Tony Batemon, Pollard's supervisor.
Shikar-Safari Club International was founded in 1952 for the purpose of advancing knowledge concerning wildlife of the world, independently and in cooperation with zoological societies, universities and museums. Each year, the club sponsors an award for the Wildlife Officer of the Year in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces.
Left to Right: Conservation Enforcement Chief Allan Andress, Safari Club International Representative Phillip Jackson, Lt. Michael Pollard, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Director Corky Pugh