Tim Rochette – 2017 Ontario Conservation Officer of the Year

Jul 19, 2017 @ 08:38

Ontario Conservation Officer of the Year for 2017 has been named. Tim Rochette, a provincial investigator with the Special Investigations Services Unit has demonstrated his strong commitment to protecting natural resources, ensuring public safety, and mentoring fellow officers through his years of outstanding service and extensive community involvement.

Some of his notable accomplishments include:

  • Leading and executing many special investigations in high-profile cases, which resulted in significant convictions, licence suspensions and fines
  • Using his expertise on safety, catching chronic violators, conducting complex investigations and implementing creative investigative techniques to train seasoned and junior officers
  • Representing the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on the Near North Crimestoppers Board for five years, where he introduced creative public awareness initiatives focused on hunter safety, commercialization of fish and wildlife, and unlawful hunting activities.

Rochette began his distinguished law enforcement career with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in 1988 as a park warden at Devil’s Glen and Wasaga Beach provincial parks before receiving a conservation officer appointment in 1994 with the Lake Huron Management Unit. Since then, Tim has worked in the Chapleau and Bancroft districts, and now works out of North Bay as a detective with the Special Investigations Services Unit.

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