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.
National Awards | 2017
ODW Officer of the Year Award
Presented to Conservation Warden John Schreiber of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Warden John Schreiber joined the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 2013. Since that time, Warden Schreiber has worked with purpose and determination related to public safety on Wisconsin waterways.
Since being hired, Warden Schreiber has been active in instructing boater education, promoting sober boat operation, and aggressively enforcing intoxicated boat operation laws. He makes it a priority to patrol his heavily populated recreational use waters on weekends, especially during the evening and early morning hours.
Warden Schreiber has trained his area’s Sheriff’s Department on the seated battery of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and provides yearly updates to the county recreational patrol officers. For Operation Dry Water in 2017, he coordinated and hosted a saturated boating enforcement detail in his area. Warden Schreiber is professional, motivated, and focused on his role of public safety and resource protection. Warden Schreiber encompasses the qualities, work ethic and dedication that are vital to making an impact in boating safety, boating under the influence prevention.
ODW Top Agency Award -Small Category
Present to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office in California with the Top Agency award for the small agency category. Over the course of the three-day heightened enforcement weekend, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office deployed ten (10) officers and made thirteen (13) boating under the influence arrests.
ODW Top Agency Award - Medium Category
Presented to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Law Enforcement. Over the course of the three-day heightened enforcement weekend, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Law Enforcement deployed seventy-nine (79) officers and made thirty-three (33) boating under the influence arrests.
ODW Top Agency Award - Large Category
Presented to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Over the course of the three-day heightened enforcement weekend, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission deployed one-hundred and forty-two (142) officers and made twenty (20) boating under the influence arrests.