Area conservation officer honored

An Indiana conservation officer representing the district that serves Bartholomew County was recognized as District 6 Officer of the Year.

Nick Wilson was selected by his peers for the honor.

District 6 encompasses nine counties in south-central Indiana: Bartholomew, Brown, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Monroe and Shelby.

Wilson also is a nominee for the Law Enforcement Division’s 2016 James D. Pitzer Award. He will compete for the award along with nominees from all 10 districts across the state. The award’s namesake was killed in the line of duty.

Selection for this award will be made by the Law Enforcement Division Command Staff. It is based on the nominee’s overall professional bearing, dedication to the law enforcement profession and service to the public.

A native of Marion County, Wilson attended Indiana State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology in 2007 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice.

In 2012, Wilson was accepted into the Indiana Conservation Officer Recruit School and was subsequently appointed as a probationary officer assigned to Operational District Six, where he has remained throughout his career.

Wilson has served as a public safety scuba diver and is in the process of becoming a river rescue instructor.