Law Enforcement Supporters of the DGIF Mission
The purpose of the O.P.S. Challenge Coin is to establish a field-level initiative and tradition to formally recognize on a continual basis those citizens in the Commonwealth who have gone above and beyond to aid and assist the efforts of our law enforcement officers in their duties to uphold the DGIF Mission as “Protectors of Virginia’s Wildlife and Natural Resources”.
Those who receive a sequentially-numbered O.P.S. Protector Challenge Coin and appear on this special roll have been nominated by Conservation Police Officers (CPOs) currently serving on the frontlines, and were then approved by the Law Enforcement O.P.S. Advisory Council.
The first sequentially-numbered Law Enforcement ⭑ O.P.S. #1 Protector Challenge Coin is displayed at DGIF Headquarters as Posthumous Recognition of our most dedicated protectors prior to the establishment of this special recognition program during the 115th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Division.
O.P.S. Protector Challenge Coin Database
First Set of Recipients (July 2018):
See Press Release for Additional Information
Note: The top four coin recipients (numbers 2 to 5) were chosen as the most worthy candidates for each region and then were selected according to the most deserving being awarded the lowest numbered coin. All other recipients were randomly drawn for their assigned coin numbers.
|Coin #||Recipient’s Name||County|
|#2||David Jack Ratliff||Dickenson|
|#4||Michael Rolband||Prince William|
|#6||Dennis S. Veach||Frederick|
|#7||Steve Holt Sr.||Campbell|
|#11||Jesse Battle Harrell||Greensville|
|#16||Aaron Clifford Grimsley||Fauquier|
|#22||Jack Lee||New Kent|
|#24||Richard L. Wharam||Albemarle|
Each of the 23 law enforcement districts across the state will be given an opportunity semiannually to nominate someone from their geographical area.
The next set of nominations will be received in January of 2019. The O.P.S. Advisory Council will review and approve those nominees. Afterwards, the group of recipients to this Protector Challenge Coin Database will be added after they have all received their numbered coins.