Jackson County marine patrol wins state honors

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department Marine Enforcement Program recently garnered top honors among county marine programs throughout Oregon, according to the Oregon State Marine Board.

The program won the Yearly Program Administration Award, which signifies a marine program that submits all reports, documents and information to the Marine Board in a timely and accurate manner and keeps the doors of communication open.

Also, marine Deputy Jason Denton, a relatively new addition to the county's program, won the Award of Excellence for Enforcement of Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants rules.

Denton arrested 14 intoxicated boaters while patrolling between Sept. 2007 and Aug. 2008, according to the Marine Board.

The awards were presented Oct. 14 during the marine programs' end-of-the-season meeting in Bend.

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