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New Jersey Conservation Police Officer receives “Leadership/Professional Achievement” award

NEW JERSEY – Division Bureau of Law Enforcement Lt. Steve Sutton has received the “Leadership/Professional Achievement” Award. The award is part of the Public Service Recognition Program is administered by the NJ Civil Service Commission, according to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The award recognizes Lt. Sutton’s leadership and professional achievement in his role as a District Law Enforcement Supervisor. His vast knowledge of the state’s wildlife resources and the groups that utilize these resources provides him with the tools to be effective. His tireless efforts have resulted in countless cases being successfully prosecuted. He is continuously quarterbacking his team of patrol officers and helping them accomplish the Bureau’s goals. Officers and Bureau of Law Enforcement staff know he is always available to meet their needs.

Lt. Sutton maintains a strong interactive relationship with other law enforcement agencies within as well as outside the state. His relationships with other state’s fish and wildlife law enforcement agencies have been a direct benefit to the wildlife resources and people of NJ.

During his career he has been recognized as Shikari International’s Conservation Officer Of the Year and as Nation Wild Turkey Federation’s Conservation Officer Of the Year. Lt. Sutton has also received a lifesaving award for his quick actions when he saved a suicidal person from hanging himself.

During these trying times of late, Lt. Sutton has maintained a proactive and adaptive schedule and patrol posture that is an example for all law enforcement supervisors to follow. He and his team have been working tirelessly and selflessly to keep the public utilizing our WMAs safe and to protect the wildlife resources of the state.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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