The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council presented the 2019 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to Sergeant Scott Dupre of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division.
The Council’s Officer of the Year award acknowledges service above and beyond duty requirements and recognizes distinguished service, professionalism, and dedication to enforcing federal fishing regulations in the Gulf of Mexico. Nominees may be submitted from each of the five Gulf State Law Enforcement agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA Fisheries’ Office for Law Enforcement.
Sergeant Dupre has led and assisted with numerous federal fisheries cases throughout his career. He has vast knowledge of state and federal fishing Regulations and he has made cases for shrimping violations, improper license and permits, and for possession of undersized or out of season fish. In 2019, Officer Dupre made a case in federal waters that cited a captain for shrimping without a federal permit, not abiding by federal shrimp trawl tow-time regulations, and for violating the Endangered Species Act by being in possession of a sea turtle and two bottle nose dolphin skulls.
He is highly praised for his professionalism and for his interview and investigative skills. His good rapport with the public and his collaborative work with other agents makes him easy to work with and successful in his career. “His work ethic is above average and his incredible drive to apprehend violators separates him from his peers.” Said Captain Jeff Boyd of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Law Enforcement Division “Our department is thankful for all of his hard work and we are lucky to have him working to protect the fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico.”