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Senior Special Agent Cottrell named Northeast Region's 2010 Officer of the Year

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Senior Special Agent Randy Cottrell has been named the Northeast Region's 2010 Officer of the Year. SSA Cottrell will be honored today, Mon., April 18, at the 67th Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference for his dedication and commitment to conservation law enforcement over the past year.

"I accept the award with deep gratitude and awareness that no such recognition could ever be possible without the support of the peers with whom I have the distinct pleasure of serving with," said Cottrell, who works in the Office of Law Enforcement's New York District.

Cottrell worked several complex investigations this year that involved the illegal commercialization of protected wildlife by subjects in Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and Canada. One of these investigations, involving the commercial smuggling of CITES reptiles between the US and Canada, is currently awaiting prosecution.

To develop these investigations, Cottrell established an excellent rapport and working relationships with an extensive list of contacts within the Service, other Federal agencies and with conservation officers in the U.S and Canada. As a result of Cottrell's investigation, Canadian authorities apprehended a Canadian buyer and U.S. subjects when their boat landed with illegal wildlife on the Canadian shore. Species of concern involved in these investigations include the endangered Indigo snake and CITES protected tortoises and lizards.

During the year, Cottrell has carried a heavy case load, but was always available on short notice to assist fellow officers, including a recent lengthy multifaceted surveillance operation in New York City. As District Firearms Instructor, Cottrell has been heavily involved in the coordination and delivery of regional firearms qualifications. Cottrell enjoys an outstanding relationship with U.S. Attorney's Offices across his area of jurisdiction and is well respected for the high quality of his case work.

Congratulations, Randy for a job well done.

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Last updated: January 9, 2012