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Marine Board Honors Lane County Deputy with Top Recognition
For Immediate Release- 9/30/2011
Marine Board Chair, George Tinker (Coos Bay), Deputy Charles Douglass, and Marine Board Director, Scott Brewen. 
The Oregon State Marine Board recognized the efforts of Deputy Charles Douglass of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, at their annual post-season Law Enforcement Conference, held on Monday, September 26 in Eugene.  Deputy Douglass was given the “Marine Officer of the Year” award for performance and exceptional service where their actions have created a significant, measurable effect in boating safety. 
His efforts have also been recognized nationally, from the National Water Safety Congress (NWSC).  In a Letter of Commendation from NWSC which read, “The Lane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit and the USACE Willamette Valley Park Rangers completed their third year in a partnership to educate local students about water safety.  This partnership has made it possible for both agencies to present quality, interactive programs to over 1800 students in the Eugene, area and indirectly to over 5,000 people by the time the kids help spread the message.” 
Douglass’ work on the water goes above and beyond education.  Charles aggressively patrols the waters of Lane County and works diligently with the Marine Board’s focus on mandatory boater education compliance.  Douglass also participated in a nationwide effort to detect and apprehend intoxicated boaters during this summer’s “Operation Dry Water” campaign. 
“Douglass’ enthusiasm and passion for promoting boating safety is evident in the professional way he conducts himself –an educator first, enforcer second,” said Marty Law, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board.  “Douglass takes the time to explain boating laws and the intent behind the laws to keep people safe out on the water.  Congratulations Charles Douglass, Marine Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”
*Pictured (left to right): Marine Board Chair, George Tinker (Coos Bay), Deputy Charles Douglass, and Marine Board Director, Scott Brewen.