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Awards Program

Awards Program

The Operation Dry Water Awards Program recognizes law enforcement officers and agencies that are making a positive impact on boating under the influence (BUI).
 
These law enforcement officers and agencies participate in the national Operation Dry Water (ODW) campaign and make a difference in recreational boating safety by raising awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence and by removing impaired operators from the nation’s waterways – protecting our nation and the communities they serve.
 
Operation Dry Water and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) will recognize the top agencies and officer nationwide based on BUI related activity and their participation in the Operation Dry Water campaign.

 
ODW Top Agency Award
The top agency in each category (small, medium and large) will be recognized nationally based on the number of BUI arrests made / the number of officer deployed for the Operation Dry Water weekend.The winner in each category will be invited to send one representative to the NASBLA Annual Conference and will be recognized in person at the NASBLA Awards Banquet.

Deadline for reporting in order to be considered for the Top Agency Award is August 7th.


ODW Officer of the Year Award
The Officer of the Year will be recognized nationally based on a nomination submitted by the Officer's agency which includes a description of the officer’s work throughout the year in BUI prevention and enforcement, as well as their activity and BUI arrests from the Operation Dry Water weekend. The Officer of the Year will be invited to the NASBLA Annual Conference and will be recognized in person at the NASBLA Awards Banquet.

Deadline for agency reporting and officer nominations in order to be considered for the Officer of the Year Award is August 7th.


More information on eligibility.
 
*NEW* - ODW Media Award
This award recognizes the best all-around media outreach campaign running prior to and during the annual Operation Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend. Judges will consider all aspects including: content, use of imagery, graphics and video, engagement, presentation, innovation, creativity, originality, use of multiple applications, and impact. The winner will be invited to, and recognized at, the 2019 NASBLA Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska (Sept. 29 – Oct. 30).

Nominees should be candidates who used a creative media outreach platform to;
  • promote awareness of the Operation Dry Water campaign and 
  • make a difference in recreational boating safety by educating boaters and raising awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence on our nation’s waterways
Awards applications should include examples of media outreach/materials used to educate boaters and promote Operation Dry Water. Following the ODW weekend, an online application will be available for agencies/organizations to include links, photos, files, reports and videos from their media campaigns (print, social media, newscast, billboards, etc.).
 
Any organization or law enforcement agency can compete for this award.
The award application form will open July 8, 2019.
Deadline for media award applications is August 7th.
 

Submit Nomination

Nominations can be submitted starting July 8th, 2019.