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About Todd Vandivert
Detective Todd Vandivert grew up in the Washington D.C. suburbs of northern Virginia, until his love of the outdoors led him to the Pacific Northwest. He attended Washington State University, and in 1978 graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management, hoping to start a career working in the outdoors. While in college he met Judy whom he married just after graduation. A few years later, Todd and Judy had their daughter- Beth.
Todd began his career with the Washington Department of Game in 1979 and has been stationed in three of the six regions of the state. During his career he started the agency’s FTO (Field Training Officer) program and has trained approximately fifty new officers. Todd was the first game warden in the world to design and build a radio-controlled (robotic) deer decoy, now being used in almost every state in the country. He was a Defense Tactics Instructor, as well as a Critical Incident Peer Support Counselor. He has taught classes on ballistic forensics, recognizing false identification, clandestine methamphetamine labs, and wildlife criminal investigations.
Todd served as the editor of the Washington Game Warden Association magazine, the editor of International Game Warden Magazine, and is the author of OPERATION CODY, POACHING SPREE, TO PROTECT A PREDATOR, A FALCON'S TALE, LETHAL REMOVAL, and DEEP TROUBLE
He is one of only two officers who have received the WDFW Statewide Officer of the Year award twice. His other awards include; the NWTF Officer of the Year award, the WDFW Case of the Year award, WDFW Detective of the Year award, the Shikar-Safari Club Officer of the Year award, the American Police Hall of Fame award, the Legion of Honor Award, the US Forest Service Award of Merit- Outstanding case, and the NAWEOA (North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association)- Outstanding officer award.
Todd served with the WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for 34-years, the last eight of which he worked undercover.
Todd and his wife Judy, are retired and living in western Washington.