Wildlife Law Enforcement Division Earns International, National Recognition

Author: NCWRC blogger/Friday, September 21, 2018/Categories: Blog, Law Enforcement

Wildlife Law Enforcement Division Earns International, National Recognition

Higgins and Langley Award

On July 12, N.C. Emergency Management presented the North Carolina with the international Higgins and Langley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Swift Water Rescue for the coordinated local, state and federal response in October 2016 to Hurricane Matthew. More than 30 teams rescued 2,336 people and brought them to safety as Matthew's floodwaters rose.

The premier, internationally-recognized award for excellence in swift water and flood rescue was presented to North Carolina during the annual conference of the International Association of Water Rescue Professionals in South Bend, Ind.

“This award recognizes great work done by our local, state and federal water rescue teams, both in the water and in the air, rescuing thousands of people from Hurricane Matthew’s floodwaters,” said state Emergency Management director Mike Sprayberry. “These teams train constantly, and their capability and professionalism shine through in all their responses.”

Operation Dry Water Top Agency Award

For the second straight year, the Commission has been recognized with the Operation Dry Water Top Agency Award for agencies with more than 100 law enforcement officers. The winner of each agency category is determined by the number of boating under the influence (BUI) arrests made, divided by the number of officers who were deployed.

The award recognizes the Commission’s involvement and participation in the 2018 Operation Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend, which took place nationwide on June 29 through July 1. Over the course of the weekend, the Commission deployed 149 officers and recorded 18 BUI arrests.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) thanked the Commission for all the time and effort that was put in by the officers within the agency. Those efforts and dedication of the law enforcement officers made a positive impact on boating under the influence, resulting in yet another successful Operation Dry Water campaign.

The award was presented to Maj. Ben Meyer at the 2018 NASBLA annual conference in Indianapolis, Ind. on Sept. 11, 2018.


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