SUNDANCE - The Wyoming Peace Officer Association (WPOA) has named Sundance Game Warden Chris Teter as the 2013 Peace Officer of the Year.
The Peace Officer of the Year award is given to a peace officer who provides outstanding services to his department, community and himself and has a major impact on law enforcement in Wyoming. Teter was nominated by the Wyoming Game Wardens’ Association for his unmatched effectiveness, dedication, work ethic, leadership, perseverance, attitude and professionalism as a Wyoming Game Warden. Teter received the award during the 87th Annual Wyoming Peace Officers Conference in Casper in September.
Teter began his career as a game warden with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in May 1989. He was promoted to the East Sundance Game Warden District in 1990.
Game Warden duties vary widely. A game warden must possess self-motivation, a strong work ethic, efficiency, effectiveness, tenacity, patience and fairness. According to the nomination letter, “Chris exemplifies all of these qualities. (He) is very humble, never drawing attention to himself. Those who have been fortunate enough to work with Chris all say that he is one of the hardest working game wardens in the state.”
Teter also serves as the Casper Region Firearms Instructor. He consistently seeks additional training and attends firearms schools, which keep him on the cutting edge of firearms training and policy. He passes this knowledge along throughout his region and to other firearms instructors throughout the state.
Teter's work ethic and friendly demeanor have also gained him the respect and appreciation of landowners throughout his district. “He has the natural ability to work in the face of adversity, making his district the model for landowner relations, public support and responsible wildlife management,” said WPOA President, Gary Boyd.
Beyond all of his other duties Teter also works with local youth, teaches hunter safety courses, assists in career development, science fairs, 4-H projects and youth fishing days.
Founded in 1923 the WPOA is dedicated to the men and women of Wyoming Law Enforcement. Past game wardens to be named Peace Officer of the Year include Jim Johnston, Pete Muchmore, Steve Smith, Paul Breed and Lin Bashford.
(Contact: Janet Milek (307) 233-6404)