McVicker Named Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks
South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

Pierre, SD -( The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators has named Bryce McVicker the 2016 Brook Brown Boating Officer of the Year. McVicker is a conservation officer for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) and is stationed in Watertown.

“McVicker has done an outstanding job in the field of boating law enforcement and has been a consistent presence on the waters in and around the Watertown area,” said Brandon Gust, GFP boating law administrator. “Duty stations, like that of Watertown, can be overwhelming at times and often require a lot of the officers. McVicker has gone above and beyond in balancing the work that he does and has given special attention to his area lakes.”

Gust acknowledged that McVicker has set forth a shining example of how boating enforcement work should be done in this state and has made many contributions to the field that have not only made him a better officer, but also those that have had the opportunity to work with him.

“In addition to the normal duties of a conservation and boating law enforcement officer, McVicker serves as a department boating enforcement instructor and contributes much to the learning of his fellow officers in the area of boating enforcement,” Gust added. “Amongst all that McVicker has contributed to the department, he has continued to ensure the boaters of South Dakota have a safe and enjoyable place to recreate and has done an outstanding job of preserving public safety for all.”

About the Award: The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators’ (NASBLA) award is presented annually to the boating law enforcement officer who has made outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement.

The awards program consists of three levels: state, regional and national. State nominees are selected by the state boating law administrator. State nominees continue to regional competition, where they are reviewed, and one winner per region is selected by the three regional awards committees. Regional award winners are submitted to NASBLA’s Awards Committee for review and selection of the national award.

The South Dakota award was renamed to honor a previous recipient and GFP conservation officer, Brook Brown. Brown lost his battle with cancer during the summer of 2012 and was well known for his contributions to the state’s boating enforcement and education efforts.

About The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP):

The purpose of the Department of Game, Fish and Parks is to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota’s wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors, and to give the highest priority to the welfare of this state’s wildlife and parks, and their environment, in planning and decisions.

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