Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Warden Jason Snyder, Colstrip, received two prestigious awards after completing basic training at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy recently. Snyder was awarded the Staff Award as the student who most demonstrates the skills and abilities needed be a superior law enforcement officer. He also received the Mavity Award, which goes to the student ranked first in the class in fitness, academic achievement, fire arms skill, and in training and performance evaluations.
During the 12-week course, the students received training in legal issues, criminal investigation, firearms, police vehicle operations, emergency medical techniques and defensive tactics with and without the use of weapons.
The students select the winner of the Staff Award based on two scenarios: (1) If they were a police chief or sheriff, who in the class would they choose as their right-hand person? And, (2) Imagine they are on a felony call where shots have been fired and an officer is down. Which of their classmates would they most like to hear responding on the radio, coming to back them up? The majority of the 28 law enforcement students chose Snyder.
"I took this training really seriously. I wanted to walk away with better skills and a good knowledge of appropriate law enforcement techniques," Snyder said.
Snyder, who thought in high school that he'd like to work in wildlife enforcement, has a B.S. degree in Animal Science from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and a masters degree in Animal Science from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. He began working for FWP as a seasonal employee in May of 1998 in wildlife management and at the FWP wildlife laboratory in Bozeman before becoming a warden.