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Arizona Game and Fish Officer Receives National Boating Safety Award

September 24, 2010

Arizona - Officer Tim Baumgarten, statewide operating under the influence (OUI) coordinator with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, has received the prestigious “NASBLA Award” in recognition of his exemplary performance in recreational boating safety enforcement and his impact on national impaired boating enforcement efforts.

Tim Baumgarten - Arizona Game & Fish

The award was given by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and is the oldest award presented by the nonprofit organization. First presented in 1969, it recognizes persons who have contributed to NASBLA as well as to boating safety in general.

Throughout his 30-year career, Baumgarten has focused on the advancement of knowledge regarding impaired boat operator detection and enforcement efforts. He was involved in the first impaired boating checkpoint in Arizona in 1993, and since then he has participated and/or supervised numerous others.

Baumgarten is recognized throughout the western states as one of the top experts in watercraft law enforcement, especially in OUI/BUI (boating under the influence) practices and techniques, boat theft investigations, and watercraft accident investigations.

Baumgarten continues to serve as a BUI instructor for NASBLA and has provided multiple classes to hundreds of officers across the U.S. since NASBLA launched its Boating Under the Influence Detection and Enforcement course in 2004. As an instructor he has developed lesson plans and instructed classes for NASBLA and brought Arizona’s innovative OUI special project “best practices” to other agencies. He also helped develop a watercraft law enforcement training program for federal officers at the FLETC academy in Glynco, Ga.

In addition, Baumgarten crafted a BUI checkpoint plan protocol and other OUI/BUI operational forms that have been heavily used by agencies during Operation Dry Water, a coordinated national weekend of BUI detection and enforcement launched by NASBLA in 2009. Baumgarten served as a technical and background author for NASBLA during the multi-year attempt to validate the standardized field sobriety tests for use in the marine environment. He has been heavily involved with the research firm in terms of testing protocols and eventual training regiment rollout with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, other NASBLA instructors, and the Southern California Research Institute.

Another Arizona officer, Sergeant Doug Schuster of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, was honored by NASBLA as the 2010 National Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.


 


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