The Reverend Sir David Thomas Rocyn-Jones, CBE, K St J, DL, JP was a Welsh medical officer of health and servant of multiple professional bodies within Wales. Rocyn-Jones was born in Rhymney to a notable bonesetter, Thomas Rocyn Jones and Mary Rees, a descendant of the preacher Rhys Davies, he was educated at Lewis School, at University College, Cardiff. Rocyn-Jones gained his MB in 1897 from the University of Edinburgh and returned to Wales to become a general practitioner in Abertillery where he held the post of chief surgeon at the Powell Collieries and Honorary Surgeon to Abertillery RFC. After passing his DPH qualification in Oxford, he was appointed the first Medical Officer for Health for Monmouthshire in 1908, responsible for ill-health prevention strategies within the county, with a yearly salary of £600. Retiring from this post in 1946, he was succeeded by Gwyn, he was one of the founders of the King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Association, an organisation set up in 1911 to prevent and treat tuberculosis.
Rocyn-Jones continued his relationship with University College, becoming its vice-president, would become involved in the creation of the University of Wales College of Medicine. In 1920 he was appointed a CBE, in 1948 was knighted. Rocyn-Jones served on many professional bodies, including the British Medical Association and St. John Ambulance. Outside of medicine, he had a deep love and knowledge of rugby football and in 1947 became President of the Welsh Rugby Union, taking over from Horace Lyne, holding the post until his death in 1953. In 1964, his son Nathan would follow his father in becoming President of the WRU. Rocyn Jones married Alla Jones in 1901, they had four sons, two of whom and Nathan, continued the family tradition of entering the medical profession. Nathan would not only follow his grandfather's profession, of working with bones, by becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, but would continue the family links to rugby by representing Wales in 1925. In terms of religious faith Rocyn-Jones was a staunch Congregationalist, into which denomination he was ordained in addition to his medical training.
He is remembered for his beliefs, but for having a gentle sense of humour he sometimes brought to bear on his medical work, as was shown on one occasion in his Abertillery years when he was required to treat a young rugby supporter injured by a wayward ball. "Well, boy", he is recalled as saying.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, or VDGIF, regulates fish and wildlife in Virginia. It is managed by the Director of Game and Inland Fisheries and overseen by the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries. VDGIF's goals are to: to manage Virginia’s wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth. Under Virginia Code Section 29.1-109 the Director of Game and Inland Fisheries has the power to: Enforce or cause to be enforced all laws for the protection and preservation of game birds and game animals of the Commonwealth and all fish in the inland waters thereof IInitiate prosecution of all persons who violate such laws, seize and confiscate wild birds, wild animals, fish that have been illegally killed, transported or shipped. Enter into reciprocal or mutual aid agreements with other states pertaining to the enforcement of laws across state boundaries, Employ persons necessary for the administrative requirements of the Board and to designate the official position and duties of each, Perform such acts as may be necessary to the conduct and establishment of cooperative fish and wildlife projects with the federal government and enter into all contracts and agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of his duties and the execution of his powers.
The law enforcement officers of VDGIF carry the official title of Conservation Police Officer. The official title was Game Warden prior to July 1, 2007. Conservation police officers from the Law Enforcement Division of VDGIF have full police powers but focus on enforcing Virginia's wildlife and boating laws in the state's numerous fields and waterways. A single officer is assigned to work in a county or city. There are some exceptions, depending on the needs of the community. Conservation officers assist each other in adjacent counties within their work areas, they work with local law enforcement agencies when performing manhunts and rescue, other endeavors. Conservation Police Officers are certified officers through the Department of Criminal Justice Services, with the authority to enforce all of the laws of Virginia; as Deputy US Fish and Wildlife Special Agents, they may conduct investigations and cross state lines when violations of federal wildlife laws have been committed. Since the establishment of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, nine officers have died while on duty.
List of law enforcement agencies in Virginia Conservation Police Officer Virginia Wildlife Management Areas List of State Fish and Wildlife Management Agencies in the U. S. Official Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website. 29.1-109. Leg1.state.va: Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.