Deputy Chief of the CO Service Chris Doyle presents Steven Hodgson with his Conservation Officer badge in Bella Coola

New BC Parks/Conservation Officer Service pilot project for the Bella Coola Valley

The Conservation Officer Service and BC Parks have finalized a joint working agreement

The Conservation Officer Service and BC Parks have finalized a joint working agreement on a pilot project involving BC Parks Area Supervisor Steven Hodgson. Along with Steve’s primary duties as the BC Parks Area Supervisor, he has been officially appointed as a BC Conservation Officer.

This pilot project has been in the works since Steve graduated at the top of his class, from the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy (WCLEA) in Hinton AB, December of 2014. The academy trains new conservation officers at a four month depot that is supported by four provinces and the Yukon Territory.

The Conservation Officer Service has given Steven full appointments, including SPC (Special Constable Status), to respond to not only human wildlife conflicts but also enforcement related complaints that are generally handled from the Williams Lake Conservation Office.

Since January of 2015, Steven has been fulfilling a portion of his role as a Conservation Officer by attending human wildlife conflicts, giving the CO Service a qualified officer that can respond immediately to these emergent situations. Due to the success of his abilities in those responses the full pilot was instituted on July 5th, 2016.

The Conservation Officer Service recognized the importance of having a qualified representative in the Bella Coola Valley and in discussions with BC Parks, this pilot project was created. This new and first of its kind position will support the Valley residents for immediate responses to all complaints under the mandate of the Conservation Officer Service. This position will also be a valuable resource for the RCMP, DFO and the First Nations Community in the valley.

On July 5th, 2016, Deputy Chief of the CO Service Chris Doyle presented Steven Hodgson with his Conservation Officer badge. In support was Regional Director Jeff Leahy of the Thompson Cariboo Region, BC Parks.

The Conservation Officer Service and BC Parks are fortunate to have a dedicated officer like Steven Hodgson to represent BC Parks and the COS by taking on this new role supporting the residents of the Bella Coola Valley.

 

Just Posted

Police name second suspect, lay kidnapping and attempted murder charges in connection with Rudy Johnson Bridge incidents

Drynock is considered dangerous, do not approach him and call the local RCMP detachment immediately

Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidates react to finding Trudeau broke ethics law

The election campaign is heating up before the writ has even dropped

Links probable between homicide, missing persons investigation in Williams Lake

Rich ‘Savage’ Duncan the victim of Aug. 6 homicide

Heiltsuk challenges feds decision to award $67M contract to east coast towing company

Heiltsuk Horizon challenges decision to award emergency ship towing contract to Irving company

Jim Pattison takeover offer ‘non-binding,’ Canfor cautions investors

B.C. billionaire already big shareholder in forest industry

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Nearly 50% of Canadians experience the ‘post-vacation blues’: poll

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

More women may need breast cancer gene test, U.S. guidelines say

Recommendations aimed at women who’ve been treated for BRCA-related cancers and are now cancer-free

Couple could go to jail for taking 88 lbs. of Italian sand

Pair said they didn’t know it was illegal to take the sand, which is protected as a public good

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft: RCMP

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Most Read