2019 Southern Region Officer of the Year Winner

By Taylor Matsko posted 07-23-2019 04:28 PM

2019 Southern Region Officer of the Year Winner

Corporal Lyndle Crownover, of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, has been named the Southern Region Officer of the Year for 2019.

Cpl. Crownover has been in law enforcement for 27 years, spending 14 of these years as a Wildlife Officer. Since he began working for Arkansas Game and Fish, Cpl. Crownover has arrested 128 suspects for BUI, averaging just over 9 BUIs per year. He works with local Wildlife Officers, Corps of Engineers, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Department, and other agencies to plan law enforcement patrols on area lakes and rivers, placing a high priority on BUI enforcement. Cpl. Crownover’s efforts in the area of BUI enforcement have made Arkansas lakes and rivers a safer place. His work has prevented many injuries and fatalities over the course of the past 27 years. Not only has Cpl. Crownover made these arrests, but he has maintained a 100% conviction rate for BUI arrests.

Corporal Lyndle CrownoverCpl. Crownover is a very experienced accident investigator and his experience is valued within the district. He has completed NASBLA boating accident investigation training, which gives him an edge over many other officers working in this area. Cpl. Crownover worked six boating accidents this year; two of which were fatalities. One of the fatality accidents was a particularly difficult accident to work because it involved a juvenile vessel operator who struck her father, tragically taking his life. Not only is Crownover an experienced investigator, but also is a professional and mature officer capable of handling difficult situations. Cpl. Crownover has the ability to take control of these tragedies in such a manner to help reduce the trauma for survivors.

Cpl. Crownover is extremely active in both boater and youth education. He has played a vital role in the establishment of a very successful boater education program in Baxter County and the surrounding schools. Additionally, Cpl. Crownover assists the Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary with boater education classes and workshops. This year, Crownover organized and assisted in 12 boater education classes, with a total reach of 480 students.

Crownover’s dedication to boating safety enforcement is unmatched. He assists many other law enforcement agencies and actively recruits officers from other organizations to accompany him on boating patrols. This helps promote interest in boating law enforcement across various agencies. Cpl. Crownover puts in the extra effort to ensure all boaters can safely enjoy the waters of Arkansas. Due to his dedication and hard work, Cpl. Crownover has been nominated for his district’s Officer of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and now 2019. Congratulations Corporal Lyndle Crownover!

First presented in 2000, the Marvin “Butch” Potts Memorial Award, known as the Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, is presented annually to the boating law enforcement officer who has made outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement. The award program consists of three levels: state, regional and national.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national nonprofit, 501(c)3 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. We offer a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards, publications and more. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, we affect the lives of over 76 million American boaters.