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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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Every year the United States averages more than 4,000 reported recreational boating accidents. Among these are groundings, collisions, fires, explosions, and the classic “operator error.” One thing these reportable boating accidents have in common is this: They all require a report to the U.S. Coast Guard and some degree of investigation.  The Coast Guard provides […]

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