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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 2017 Operation Dry Water campaign.
 
ODW Top Agency Award
The top three (3) agencies will be recognized nationally based on:
  • The number of BUI arrests made / the number of officer deployed for the 2017 Operation Dry Water weekend.
  • The top three (3) agencies with the highest percentage will be recognized.
  • The agency with the highest percentage overall will be invited to send a representative to the 2017 NASBLA Annual Conference and will be recognized in person at the NASBLA Awards Banquet (Sept. 11, 2017| Rapid City, SD).
    *Travel costs will be covered for the representative. 
The top three agencies will be selected based on official Operation Dry Water weekend reports.
Deadline for reporting in order to be considered for the Top Agency Award is July 31st.

ODW Officer of the Year Award
The Officer of the Year will be recognized nationally based on:
  • The officer’s agency participated and reported results for the 2017 Operation Dry Water weekend.
  • The officer worked the 2017 Operation Dry Water weekend.
  • Submission of a narrative by the officer’s agency to include 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 2017 Operation Dry Water weekend.
  • The Officer of the Year will be invited to the 2017 NASBLA Annual Conference and will be recognized in person at the NASBLA Awards Banquet (Sept. 11, 2017 | Rapid City, SD).
    *Travel costs will be covered for the officer plus one guest or agency representative.
Deadline for agency reporting and officer nominations in order to be considered for the Officer of the Year Award is July 31st.
 
Selection Process
ODW Top Agency Award
The top 3 agencies will be selected based on the agency reports following the 2017 Operation Dry Water Heightened Awareness & Enforcement Weekend (June 30 - July 2, 2017). Click here to learn more about after action reporting for Operation Dry Water.

The deadline to submit your agency report to be considered for the ODW Top Agency Award is July 31st, 2017.

ODW Officer of the Year Award

The ODW Officer of the Year nominations will open July 2nd, 2017 - the last day of the 2017 Operation Dry Water Heightened Awareness & Enforcement Weekend.

The deadline for ODW Officer of the Year nominations is July 31st, 2017. The nomination must be submitted by the officer's agency.

The Officer of the Year will be recognized nationally based on:
  • The officer’s agency participated and reported results for the 2017 Operation Dry Water weekend.
  • The officer worked at least one day of the 2017 Operation Dry Water weekend.
  • Submission of a narrative by the officer’s agency to include: A description of the officer’s work during Operation Dry Water weekend and throughout the year in boating under the influence (BUI) prevention and enforcement.

Eligibility

Nominations are open to all commissioned, certified or sworn peace officers authorized to enforce state and/or federal recreational boating safety laws.
 
Agencies should nominate candidates who participated in the 2017 Operation Dry Water weekend (June 30 – July 2) and who are making a difference in recreational boating safety by educating boaters, raising awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence, removing impaired operators from the nation’s waterways and protecting our nation and the communities they serve.

Nominations for this award may be submitted by any agency that participated and reported results for Operation Dry Water 2017.