Local conservation officer the tops in B.C.

Josh Lockwood has been named the 2015 Outstanding Officer of the Year by the Ministry of Environment.

Josh Lockwood is conservation officer of the year in B.C.

Josh Lockwood is conservation officer of the year in B.C.

A North Okanagan conservation officer is being recognized for his leadership.

Sgt. Josh Lockwood  has been named the 2015 Outstanding Officer of the Year by the Ministry of Environment.

“It’s humbling,” said Lockwood from Victoria Thursday. “You see the names on the plaque of the last 20 or so winners and you realize you’ve joined some pretty good company of men and women dedicated to protecting the environment and public safety.”

Lockwood is the 24th recipient of the Outstanding Officer of the Year  Award.

“His  leadership and years of experience in the organization have earned him  the respect of his peers and supervisors,” states a release. “Lockwood is known as a source  of motivation and support to officers around him, often acting as a  mentor to fellow officers. He does everything in his power to enable  his field officers to be successful.”

Lockwood has  spearheaded several programs for the Conservation Officer Service, including the invasive mussel defence program, which helps ensure B.C. waterways

His efforts also led to the implementation of a critical incident  stress management team for the service.

Developed in 2011, the program  helps officers who may need extra support.

“The  Outstanding Officer of the Year award is a prestigious title that Josh  deserves for going above and beyond the call of duty,” said Environment Minister Mary Polak.

Lockwood was quick to praise those he works with.

“It’s a nice honour but from the management team to the guys that work with me, it’s as much theirs as it is mine,” he said.

Chief conservation officer Doug Forsdick says Lockwood is a key part of the service.

“Josh has always been a positive  and effective leader that has left his mark on the organization,” he said.