PA Fish & Boat Recognizes Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is pleased to recognize that Waterways Conservation Officer (WCO) Mark Sweppenhiser has been named Pennsylvania’s 2021 Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

Sweppenhiser, a 22-year CBFP veteran, is assigned to Dauphin and Northumberland counties, a district that includes the Susquehanna River and lower Juniata River. In 2021, Sweppenhiser logged 538 boating enforcement hours, including 24 shifts aboard patrol boats. While on patrol, Sweppenhiser initiated 323 ship boardings, resulting in 62 criminal summary citations and 477 warnings. While participating in proactive Navigation Under Influence (BUI) enforcement, including during NASBLA’s annual Dry Water Detail Operation throughout Independence Day weekend, Sweppenhiser arrested a personal watercraft operator for BUI and assisted fellow officers in three BUI arrests. Sweppenhiser investigated a boating accident and participated in two investigations in nearby districts.

As part of education efforts within his district in 2021, Sweppenhiser delivered two public boating safety education classes. Five outreach programs conducted at local schools included education on boating, paddling, water safety and the importance of wearing a life jacket.

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