GAME WARDEN FOP LODGES:
SERVICE to FRATERNAL MEMBERS
and the COMMUNITY
by Tim Wade, AGRL Treasurer and Kurt Bahti,
AGRL Vice President, retired Arizona Game Rangers
Anyone in law enforcement is aware of the existence of Fraternal Order of Police Lodges for traditional police forces but there are only a few lodges in the country solely representing conservation law enforcement officers. The Arizona Game Ranger Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #71 (AGRL) is one of those lodges and has been in existence since the early 1990’s. The Lodge had a bit of a rocky start, but the end result was a tremendous win for the Arizona Game Rangers. Prior to the formation of the Lodge, the Arizona Game & Fish Department (Department) had Wildlife Managers (Game Rangers/Game Wardens) under two different retirement programs, the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS for commissioned officers). Officers working for the Department recognized that due to the differing benefits in each of the systems, serious inequities existed, not the least of which was the line of duty death benefit.