Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Matthew T. Miller
Pennsylvania Game Commission

2009 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Deputy Miller is a four year veteran of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He is currently assigned to District 6-67-2 in southwestern York County.

Deputy Miller was born in York. He is a graduate of Dallastown Area High School. He has attended the Community College of the Air Force and the University of Maryland University College. He is currently enrolled in the State University of New York's Emergency Management Program. Deputy Miller is married.

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Deputy Miller was a nominee for Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer of the Year for 2009, and is the recipient of a Citation from the Bureau of Wildlife Protection, Pennsylvania Game Commission for work on a major felony case in 2009.

In 2009, Deputy Miller worked 700 hours. Miller is part of the Commission's Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer corps, a group of officers that must pay for their own firearms, vehicles, gas, and other miscellaneous items to perform their job. Miller is provided with work clothing, and is paid $65.00 for each eight hours he worked for approximately three months, and volunteering his time for the vast majority of the year.

Deputy Miller maintains an excellent law enforcement program within the district, producing approximately seventy prosecutions each year, and issuing double that amount of warnings each year. Miller has taken the time and opportunities to expand his knowledge of courtroom procedure. Miller filed approximately seventy citations in 2009, and did not lose a hearing in court. Miller was the officer in charge or assisting officer in the majority of major cases in the 6-67-2 district in 2009, including twenty-five major big game violations.

Deputy Miller's most influential case in 2009 spanned ten months from violation to conviction. Miller received information on several white-tailed deer that were illegally killed. Miller pursued the case with vigor, eventually locating two suspects. Both suspects were felons not to possess firearms and both were on probation. One subject agreed to a plea bargain resulting in four thousand dollars in fines. The second subject, who had a twenty-three page criminal history record including assault, burglary and drug charges, refused to plea bargain. Miller's extensive compilation of information resulted in the defendant being found guilty by a jury and sentenced to five to ten years in state prison.

Deputy Miller was also involved in two major cases of illegal killing of deer in 2009 involving eight suspects. These cases resulted in thousands of dollars in fines, and included two-thousand four-hundred dollars in restitution for one doe being ordered by the court. This was the first restitution award for white-tailed deer ever pursued in York County Court under a replacement cost schedule passed by the Board of Game Commissioners in April 2009. These cases received major media attention due to their close proximity to the regular firearms deer season.

Deputy Miller has developed a reliable web of informants that assist not only in his district, but conveys information from other districts. Miller not only provides services to his district, but on several occasions has responded to calls in other districts when no other officer was on duty.

Deputy Miller also spends many hours working on the York New Salem Game Lands. This area has many problems unique to the area including drug trafficking and prostitution. In the past this area was severely abused due to a lack of enforcement in the area. Miller is a constant presence in the area, and legitimate users appreciate his efforts.

Deputy Miller has become so proficient at the forensic aspect of conservation law enforcement that he is the forensic deputy wildlife conservation officer for the district and transports the appropriate equipment.

Deputy Miller lives the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He has dedicated his life to the agency. Whatever needs done in the district or for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, or for any officer, Miller does it.

Nominated by Wildlife Conservation Officer Chad R. Eyler

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