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DEPT. OF MARINE RESOURCES
Owen Reed Named North East Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Marine Patrol Officer of the Year
Marine Patrol Officer Owen Reed (2nd from right) was recently named by the North East Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association as its Marine Patrol Officer of the Year. Pictured with Officer Reed are (left) Lieutenant Jay Carroll, who nominated Reed, Major Jon Cornish and Colonel Joseph Fessenden.
The North East Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association recently named Owen Reed, as its Marine Patrol Officer of the Year. Reed was nominated by Lieutenant Jay Carroll, of the Marine Patrol’s Division II in Lamoine.
Officer Reed joined the Marine Patrol in 2012 and began serving in the mid-coast region. In 2013, he transferred to the Deer Isle Stonington patrol and soon began to develop strong relationships with fishermen and impress his supervisors. “Officer Reed hit the ground running in his new patrol area and quickly established himself as an aggressive and dedicated conservation officer,” said Lieutenant Carroll.
In 2013 Officer Reed was responsible for prosecution of a dozen violations of the state’s lobster conservation laws, including license violations, gear violations, and five prosecutions for illegal lobsters. “That kind of determined enforcement work is critical in our efforts to conserve Maine’s valuable marine resources,” said Lieutenant Carroll.
“Owen clearly focused his efforts on learning the area, working commercial fisheries activity, and he also worked hard to develop positive relationships with local fishermen,” added Carroll.
Officer Reed has completed courses at the Central Maine Fire Attack School, and received his Harbor Master Certification from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He is also licensed US Coast Guard Mate for 200-ton vessels.
Officer Reed earned an Associate of Science degree in Small Vessel Operation from the Maine Maritime Academy, is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Vehicle Operator, and is registered in Maine and nationally as a Fire Fighter 1 and 2.
“MPO Reed’s enthusiasm and professionalism have helped him gain both the respect of his peers and the industry,” said Carroll. “Owen is a skilled boat operator, a licensed EMT, and a diligent law enforcement officer. He clearly has a bright future with Marine Patrol and is an asset to the agency.”
The Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association is a professional organization comprised of the Chiefs and senior command staff from the thirteen northeastern states, US Fish & Wildlife Service, NOAA Officer for Law Enforcement and the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
The Marine Patrol is a Bureau of the Maine Department of Marine Resource that provides law enforcement, search and rescue, public health, maritime security, and public safety services on Maine’s coastal and tidal waters. More information about the Maine Marine Patrol can be found at http://www.maine.gov/dmr/bmp/homepage.html.
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