BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has presented the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to a sergeant with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division.
Sergeant Scott Dupre, who has handled several federal fisheries cases throughout his career, received the award, which, “acknowledges service above and beyond duty requirements and recognizes distinguished service, professionalism, and dedication to enforcing federal fishing regulations in the Gulf of Mexico,” according to Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.
Dupre has experience working cases involving shrimping violations, improper licenses and permits and possession of out-of-season or undersized fish.
Dupre even worked on a 2019 case in which a shrimping captain, who operated in federal waters without a permit and violated other regulations, illegally possessed a sea turtle and the skulls of two bottle nose dolphins, according to the council.
“His work ethic is above average and his incredible drive to apprehend violators separates him from his peers,” Captain Jeff Boyd of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Law Enforcement Division, said of Dupre.