Rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division have to be able to perform search and rescues, boating safety enforcement, and boating safety education. Thanks to his outstanding work, Cpl. Jeremy Bolen recently was selected as the 2013 Georgia Boating Officer of the Year.
“Cpl. Jeremy Bolen is a great example to others with his work in 2013, as well as in past years,” says Col. Eddie Henderson, Director of the Law Enforcement Division. “He is commended for his efforts and contributions to the conservation law enforcement profession and our agency’s mission.”
Cpl. Jeremy Bolen, who has been with DNR since 2001, serves as a conservation ranger assigned to Muscogee and Talbot counties in west central Georgia. He works a very active boating area, including four major water bodies, one of which is the Chattahoochee River. Some of these waters are shared with neighboring state Alabama, so Bolen routinely works with the Alabama Marine Police and does a great job at maintaining a positive relationship with this agency.
Adding to his daily boating duties, Bolen was able to complete the 32-hour NASBLA Level 1 boat incident class this year which will greatly advance his ability to investigate boating incidents.
The duties of a ranger include providing public education. During the past year, Bolen spoke to civic groups, homeowner’s associations, did multiple television interviews, and recorded a radio public service announcement about life jacket use. He also assisted with the Columbus Safe Kid’s life jacket giveaway program.
Bolen will receive recognition from the Southern States Boating Law Administrators Association this spring, and will be a candidate for further honors from SSBLAA. He also is eligible for the Butch Potts “Boating Law Enforcement of the Year” honor from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.
Other rangers nominated for the award by supervisors for outstanding work in 2013 include: RFC Bart Hendrix, Cpl. Jesse Cook, Cpl. Derrell Worth, Cpl. Clint Martin, Cpl. Chase Altman and Ranger Jason Miller.
For more information on boating safety and education, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/boating .