A Talk on the Wild Side.
First black baby rhino born on Kenyan sanctuary. Photo by nrt-kenya.org
In May, we were delighted to learn that Law Enforcement Deputy Chief Ed Grace and his Operation Crash team were named as finalists in the “Oscars” of government service, and voting is now open for the “People’s Choice” award.
Ed and team were nominated in the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement category of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals. Named after the founder of the Partnership for Public Service, the prestigious “Sammies” highlight the best work of our country’s dedicated public servants.
An official selection committee chooses the eight category winners, but the public chooses who gets the the People’s Choice award.
Our federal law enforcement officers are making a positive difference by putting wildlife traffickers behind bars. Also, funds garnered by this operation helped to establish the Sera Rhino Sanctuary, a black rhino sanctuary in Kenya. An exciting success of this program was the birth of the first baby black rhino earlier this year.
Operation Crash is an ongoing nationwide criminal investigation led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement, Special Investigation Unit. The investigation focuses on the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory in response to the involvement of international poaching and smuggling syndicates.
How to Vote
Voting is open to active Facebook account holders at servicetoamericamedals.org/peoples-choice/. The finalists are on the bottom right side of the page. Check the box for your pick or picks and click the “Submit” at the very bottom of the list. It will then pull up a Facebook sign-in window. Voters may make their selection once each day until the polls close on September 9 at 11:59 p.m. Please note that every time you open the link to the voting page, the list of finalists displays in a different order.
Winners will be announced at the 2016 Sammies ceremony on September 20 in Washington, DC.
Good luck, Operation Crash!