HiltonNASBLAPictured above, Marine Patrol Officer Christopher Hilton (right) receives the 2014 Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award from NASBLA President Herb Angell

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) recently recognized Marine Patrol Officer Christopher Hilton as the state’s Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The award was presented during NASBLA’s 55th annual conference in Bar Harbor on Oct. 16-19, 2014,

“This is an honor that recognizes Officer Hilton’s consistent dedication to professionalism,” said Marine Patrol Major Jon Cornish. “It’s especially meaningful coming from a national organization of law enforcement professionals.”

Hilton was hired by the Maine Marine Patrol as a seasonal officer in the spring of 2007 and quickly gained the respect of commercial and recreational boat operators and fishermen. “He made an immediate impression on everyone he worked with and it was clear that he would make an excellent Maine Marine Patrol Officer,” said Major Cornish.

In April 2009, Hilton was hired full time and went to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. Hilton continued his commitment to professional development, training himself on three different models of patrol boats. Officer Hilton works in the Freeport-Harpswell patrol on and around Casco Bay, one of the most heavily trafficked boating areas on the Maine coast.

In March of this year, Officer Hilton was also honored with the Marine Patrol Commendation Award for rescuing a man who fell into the water in the Harraseeket River in Freeport in December 2013.

“Throughout his career Officer Hilton has distinguished himself for going above and beyond, whether through his commitment to professional development or his dedication to excellence on the job,” said Major Cornish. “This award from NASBLA places him in an elite group of boating law enforcement officers in the country.”

NASBLA established its Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year program in 2000 to celebrate the nation’s outstanding marine officers. The award is presented to deserving recipients at three levels; state, regional and national. This year, 43 officers across the country were nominated for the national award.

About the Maine Marine Patrol
The Marine Patrol is a Bureau of the Maine Department of Marine Resource that provides law enforcement, search and rescue, public health, maritime security, and public safety services on Maine’s coastal and tidal waters.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. NASBLA offers a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards and publications. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, the organization affects the lives of over 76 million American boaters.

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