Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Conservation Enforcement Officer Bryan Fisher has been named 2012 National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Fisher received the award during the organization’s national convention in Nashville on February 11. In addition to the national award, Fisher also won the NWTF Alabama State Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.

WFF District I Law Enforcement Captain Johnny Johnson, who nominated Fisher for the award, cited character, integrity, professionalism and work ethic among his strengths. “Bryan is uncompromising in his position and treats everyone with respect and fairness, but shows no mercy for poachers and violators,” Johnson said. “He works diligently to protect Alabama’s natural resources, and is very deserving of this prestigious award.”

“The NWTF Award recognizes officers who have shown exemplary performance of their duties,” said Kevin Dodd, WFF Assistant Enforcement Chief. “We thank him for his excellent service to the people and natural resources of our state.”

Since joining the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) in 2006, Fisher has made more than 1,000 arrests for hunting and fishing violations, including 35 wild turkey related charges. Fisher, who is currently assigned to Fayette County, is also an active member of Ducks Unlimited and the Fraternal Order of Police. In 2009, Fisher was named Alabama Wildlife Officer of the Year by the Shikar-Safari Club International.

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. To learn more about ADCNR, visit .