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Doug Small Named Arkansas GFC Boating Law Enforcement Officer Of The Year

February 24, 2009

Florida Wildlife Officer of the Year Bret GillLittle Rock, AR – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has selected Wildlife Officer Doug Small as their 2009 Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Small has been an AGFC wildlife officer for 5 years. He has worked in Baxter County since becoming a wildlife officer.

In addition to his duties enforcing hunting and fishing regulations, Small devotes hundreds of hours every year towards enforcing boating laws and promoting safer use of Arkansas’s lakes and flowing waters.

Small has been a busy officer over the past year. He has spent over 800 hours conducting boating patrols on his area lakes and rivers. He’s also issued and assisted in 21 boating under the influence arrests and taught 12 boating education classes. Small has conducted an additional 10 youth programs focused on boating safety and water recreation activities and assisted in a hands-on boating education class for 75 students.

Small’s activities haven’t stopped at the classroom. He rescued and evacuated several people during last spring’s flood and actively recruited other agency’s law enforcement officers to accompany him on boating patrols to promote their interest in boating law enforcement.

Capt. Stephanie Weatherington said that there were many qualified officers in the running for the award. “All of the nominees should be commended for their outstanding dedication to boating law enforcement. Unfortunately only one officer can be selected to represent Arkansas during the regional competition,” she said.

Small will now go on to represent the state in the Southern States Boating Law Administrators Association officer of the year competition.

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