Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police becomes accredited in National Standard of training
Lexington, KY (3/20/19) – The Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police
is being recognized for its accomplishment in becoming accredited by the NASBLA Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program
. This accreditation recognizes the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police as having successfully implemented a National Standard of training, typing and credentialing. Accreditation of an agency ensures that its training curricula, policies, qualification processes and documentation for crew members, boat operators for search and rescue, and tactical operators meet the BOAT Program’s National Standard.
Established by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA)
, the BOAT Program was created to ensure the readiness of law enforcement and emergency response boat crews throughout the country. The BOAT Program is recognized by the United States Coast Guard as holding the National Standard for the training, qualification, credentialing and typing of marine law enforcement and emergency first responders. Agencies who choose to adopt this National Standard enhance their ability to conduct missions on our nation’s waterways safely and effectively, and operate seamlessly with their federal, state, county, tribal and local maritime partners.
Since 1911, the Division of Fish and Wildlife has worked to conserve and manage Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources, provide safe and enjoyable fishing, hunting, and boating opportunities to citizens and visitors, and improve the public’s understanding and interest in the state's fish and wildlife resources through information and outreach programs. The Division’s goal is to manage and provide access to the lands with which it is entrusted for public use and enjoyment. Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers protect wildlife and fisheries resources, promote boating education & safety, hunting & fishing, respond to boating emergencies and are a partner in Delaware's Homeland Security maritime mission.
The Delaware Natural Resources Police will be formally recognized at the NASBLA Annual Conference
this September in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program establishes a U.S. Coast Guard recognized national standard for the training, qualification, credentialing and typing of marine law enforcement and emergency first responders. Adoption and implementation of the program provides a true national standard for maritime interoperability at all government levels. Standardization ensures maritime agencies can interact together and will bolster their ability to act as force multipliers nationwide.
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is a national nonprofit organization representing all 50 states, the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. In addition to developing public policy for recreational boating safety and maritime security for over 60 years, NASBLA has been committed to maintaining the national training and education standards for the recreational boating community and the maritime public safety professionals.
Dave Considine, BOAT Program DirectorDave.Considine@nasbla.org