Richard Adkins, wildlife and boating law enforcement officer for the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, has received the Officer of the Year award.
The 30-year-old Frankfort native has been with Fish and Wildlife for four years. His Sixth District covers 17 counties, including Franklin. He said he focuses on enforcing boating and fishing laws.
"We are divided into nine districts throughout the state and each district votes on an officer to nominate at the end of the year," Adkins said. "Then a board of our peers forms to interview and consider the nine candidates."
In making the award, the board considers activity, how many cases the officer completes, how involved the officer is with the community and programs done in and out of the department. Also, the board interviewed all of the candidates and reviewed each nominee's write-ups.
Adkins said it was an honor to receive the award.
"I was extremely happy because the award is given to you by your peers," he said. "I like my job, because I get to be outside and I get to deal with some of the same hobbies that I have like hunting and fishing. Also, I like how the job changes all the time. I go from one thing to the next, so I am never doing the same thing."