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DEEP honors Boating Officer who patrols Candlewood Lake

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has recognized  Environmental Conservation Police Officers for their work over the past year.


The Boating Officer of the Year Award from DEEP is presented annually to an officer of the Division whose efforts in boating safety and boating safety enforcement are deemed to have contributed significantly to the safety of recreational boaters in Connecticut.


Officer Alexander Johnston is a three year veteran of the force. Prior to joining the Division he worked as an Emergency Dispatcher for DEEP, as a seasonal worker for both the Wildlife and Parks Divisions, as a Lake Patrol Officer for the Candlewood Lake Authority, and as a National Parks Service Law Enforcement Ranger on Lake Roosevelt and the Colombia River in the state of Washington.  He was recently appointed to the Division’s Boating Accident Reconstruction Unit.


During Connecticut’s 2015 Boating Season, DEEP officials say Officer Johnston displayed outstanding initiative in boating enforcement and led the Division in boating enforcement patrol hours, citations, as well as calls for service in regards to boating activities. He investigated multiple vessel accidents and had three BUI cases during 2015, the most arrests for Boating Under the Influence in the Division.


Officer Johnston spent many hours during the season patrolling and protecting on Candlewood Lake, the largest lake in Connecticut.  The lake attracts many tourists from neighboring states.


Officer Johnston’s proactive boating enforcement resulted in increased compliance to safety regulations, fewer critical boating incidents during the season, and increased overall public safety.

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