Chief of Police (COP) Brandon Satepauhoodle-Mikkanen (U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs- Office of Justice Services) and Federal Wildlife Zone Officer (FWZO) Bruce B. Butler Jr. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service- Refuge Law Enforcement) were selected for the 2018 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 40 Under 40 award. The award recognizes law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to the profession.
Recipients are selected based on designated criteria that define the qualities and characteristics of a leader and show dedication to their organization. A panel composed of law enforcement executives, previous awardees, and international representatives select individuals from a competitive pool of applicants who embody and symbolize excellence in law enforcement.
Chief Mikkanen (BIA-OJS) was chosen for his demonstration of strong values and commitment to the law enforcement field, particularly BIA-OJS Northern Cheyenne Agency in Lame Deer, Montana. According to the IACP nomination, “He emits positivity, genuine concern, and compassion, despite the many traumatic experiences that all law enforcement personnel face. He leads by example by providing mentorship for others, serving as a role model, developing more effective methodologies for departments, and taking advantage of every opportunity to build up those around them.”
Federal Wildlife Zone Officer Butler (FWS-RLE) was also chosen for his demonstration of strong values and commitment to the USFWS-Division of Refuge Law Enforcement, Southeast Region, consistently going above and beyond the call of duty. FWZO Butler’s partnerships, community relations efforts, overall professionalism, proactive enforcement, and community education is exemplified by his lifelong passion of protecting wildlife and serving his community. He has served as an Federal Wildlife Officer for over 13 years, always ready to share his knowledge and lead those around him.
Both winners will be recognized at an award breakfast during the 2018 Annual IACP Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida on Monday, October 8, 2018. Also, they will be featured in the November 2018 issue of Police Chief Magazine.
The Department is proud of our employees and those who protect and serve our communities. It is our honor to recognize and celebrate their commitment to our mission through their notable achievements.
Read more about all of the 2018 IACP 40 Under 40 Awardees.