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Benvenuti honored by NH Fish and Game

Updated: May 30, 2018

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CONCORD — Conservation Officer James Benvenuti of Strafford has been named one of two 2017 New Hampshire Conservation Officers of the Year by the N.H. Fish and Game Department’s Law Enforcement Division. He and his K-9 partner Cora were honored with the 2017 Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association of the Year Award.

Benvenuti, who graduated Newmarket High

School in 2007 and Unity College in Maine four years later, has been working for N.H. Fish and Game out of Durham’s District 6 since a month after graduating from college in 2011. His degree from Unity is in conservation law enforcement.

Benvenuti has been patrolling in Region 6, on the Seacoast, since he joined the department. He is one of the newest members of the Fish and Game Department’s Dive Team and has made significant contributions in this work already. Benvenuti and K-9 Cora went through a rigorous and extensive training program and proved to be an exceptional team. Benvenuti continues to maintain a vigorous training schedule along with the regular responsibilities of a Conservation Officer. He is also a field training officer, helping to train new recruits in their first year.

Last year, Benvenuti appeared on “North Woods Law: New Hampshire” which airs on the Animal Planet channel.

The coastline of our state places unique demands on the officers tasked with enforcing the myriad of laws that exist along our coast,” said Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief Kevin Jordan. “Commercial fisheries enforcement is a completely different and complicated challenge when compared to other officer initiatives. James understands the complexities of quality law enforcement addressing professional fishermen and their livelihoods and is seen as a resource to other officers when working on the coast. His consistent hard work and dedication to the job and the people we serve have earned him the respect of his law enforcement peers and the general public make in his patrol.”

Continue to full article by SeaCoastOnline here.

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