A native of Deep East Texas received a prestigious award at January's Texas Parks and Wildlife Meeting. Timothy Walker was recognized as the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) Officer of the Year award recipient.

Some Background on Timothy Walker

January 2024 Commission meeting service awards.
© Chase Fountain, TPWD

Walker was raised in East Texas and was a graduate of the 47th Texas Game Warden Training Academy Class in 2001. After graduating, he served in Van Zandt County before assignment to Angelina County.

Walker is a certified master peace officer, a physical training coordinator and participates in simunitions trainings. As a simunitions role player, Walker helps instructors facilitate reality-based, high-stress, use-of-force training situations to prepare fellow wardens for incidents they may encounter in the field.


He is also an active member of the Law Enforcement Division’s Forensic Reconstruction and Mapping (STORM) team. As part of this specialized team, Walker has participated in additional trainings and has learned to use the latest technology in the field to reconstruct the most heinous of crimes and boating collisions using 3D video reconstruction software. His expertise as a STORM team member has helped numerous wardens complete investigations and provide closure for victims’ families.

How to Become a Game Warden

Texas Parks & Wildlife
Texas Parks & Wildlife

The application deadline for the upcoming Game Warden Academy has already passed. Anyone considering applying to future classes should know that there are stringent requirements.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old by the start date of the academy and have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in any field of study. 

Applicants must also complete a physical readiness test, which includes handgun stability, a 2,000-meter row, and a swim test. The complete list of requirements for State Park Police and Texas Game Wardens may be found online. 

Texas Parks & Wildlife
Texas Parks & Wildlife

“Game Warden Timothy Walker is an asset to the agency and the state of Texas,” said Col. Chad Jones, TPWD Law Enforcement Director. “We are pleased that Timothy has received this recognition and are proud of his diligent work in protecting our state’s natural resources and the example he sets for fellow wardens.”

In addition to the current honor, Walker has received a Director’s Life Saving Award and a Director’s Citation for his teamwork and rescues conducted during flooding incidents on the Trinity River and Sabine River.

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