Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Conservation Enforcement Officer Deborah Dixon has been named 2014 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Alabama by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Dixon received the award during the organization’s national convention, which was held in February.
WFF District II Law Enforcement Lieutenant Jim Kirkland, who nominated Dixon for the award, cited her character, integrity and work ethic among her strengths. “Deborah vigorously enforces Alabama’s hunting and fishing laws while treating everyone with respect and fairness,” he said. “She is an asset to the state and very deserving of this award for her efforts in protecting and enhancing Alabama’s wild turkey population.”
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin has worked with Dixon for more than five years and echoes Kirkland’s praise. “She serves our community with professionalism and is always willing to assist Sheriff’s office deputies and investigators with wildlife violations,” he said. “I dare to say there are not many other conservation officers in Alabama who work more cases and have a higher success rate than Deborah.”
In addition to working conservation law enforcement, Dixon also teaches classes at the annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman events, conducts hunter education courses throughout the year, and serves as a field training officer for WFF. Dixon has worked as a Conservation Enforcement Officer since 2006. She is based in Etowah County.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Patrol, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.