Indiana Conservation Officer Robert Klakamp has been selected the 2018 District 6 Officer of the Year.
Klakamp, who was raised in Jackson County, is currently assigned to Brown County. He has been a conservation officer for just over two years. Klakamp serves the division as a certified breath test operator and venomous snake handler, and is a certified EMT.
The nine-county district covers Brown, Monroe, Bartholomew, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Hancock, Marion and Hendricks counties.
Klakamp is now in the running for the Pitzer Award, which is given to the top overall Conservation Officer in the state of Indiana and selected from the 10 district award winners.
The Pitzer award is named after Conservation Officer James D. Pitzer, who was fatally shot while investigating illegal hunting activity Jan. 1, 1961 in Jay County.