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Touted by some as having capabilities that border on miraculous, alcoholic beverages definitely have their share of reputations. Said to have the ability to make people dance, pick a fight with someone twice their size and even make clothes fall off, beverage alcohol, known as ethanol, is the most abused drug in the United States. […]

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Here’s a look at what agencies around the country are doing with regards to training their marine patrol officers. California The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) Marine Law Enforcement Training Program provides training statewide to law enforcement officers, harbor patrol officers, lifeguards, and other first responders who work in a maritime patrol environment.  […]

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In this ever-evolving world in which we live, change is a constant. Change in climate, in leadership, in policies, in culture, in recruits, in technology, in connectivity and in social media. I’m sure we can have a storytelling session on each of those areas and how it has affected each of you, because each of […]

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The 26th Annual Marine Law Enforcement Conference is a program designed to support continuing education and training, information sharing andtechnology transfer. This program is a unique opportunity for marine law enforcement representatives across the State of Washington to meet, network, and train together using best practices that will enhance their duties on the water.
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When I was hired as Washington State Parks’ marine law enforcement training coordinator in April 2014, I was charged with making the state’s Marine Law Enforcement Training Program the best in the nation. A challenging order, considering Washington state—unlike the majority of states and territories—does not have one single agency responsible for recreational boating safety […]

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Key individuals in each state and territory, in addition to boating law administrators (BLAs), are employed to guide the national Recreational Boating Safety Program. Data proves that many of these individuals are hired with limited recreational boating program knowledge. Many are relatively new to these positions, possessing three to five years’, or less, experience. Below […]

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Reciprocity is not a four-letter word. In fact, the word reciprocity is longer and more complicated. In the world of boating safety education, even though reciprocity may seem complicated, it doesn’t have to be. The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Education & Outreach Committee has been vigilant in reviewing reciprocity issues for […]

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