BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Officer Alexander Johnston, a three-year veteran with the Environmental Conservation Police Officers, recently received the Boating Officer of the Year Award from the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for his efforts in boating safety and boating safety enforcement of Candlewood Lake.
Prior to joining the division, Johnson 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. He also recently attended advanced DUI enforcement as well as basic crew member training in order to expand his water capabilities. He was recently appointed to the division’s Boating Accident Reconstruction Unit.
During the state's 2015 boating season 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, DEEP said.
He investigated multiple vessel accidents and had three boating under the influence cases during 2015, the most arrests for BUI in the division. Johnston spent many hours during the season patrolling and protecting on Candlewood Lake, which is located in the western area of Connecticut.
Candlewood Lake is the largest lake in Connecticut, and is surrounded by a highly populated area, attracts many tourists from neighboring states, and is the most active and utilized lake for boating activities.
Johnston’s proactive boating enforcement resulted in increased compliance to safety regulations, fewer critical boating incidents during the season, and increased overall public safety. He is an exemplary representative of the Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police Division and is commended for his professionalism and dedication to boating safety, DEEP said.
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