Sept. 16, 2016
During its 57th annual meeting, held in Seattle, Washington, Sept. 11-14, 2016, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators presented its prestigious national Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Officer Jarrod Molnar of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
First launched in 2000, the Marvin “Butch” Potts Memorial Award, known as the Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, is presented annually to the boating law enforcement officer who has made outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement.
Molnar has boated since he was a young boy, gaining much of his boating experience while growing up around boats and water where his father worked as a licensed captain.
Officer Molnar is assigned to coastal Okaloosa County in the FWC’s Northwest Region. His knowledge of Florida Statutes that apply to boating, boating safety, fisheries conservation, navigation and waterways is extensive, and he uses that knowledge while patrolling state waters.He has established and maintained close working relationships with FWC partner agencies like the U.S. Coast Guard, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Eglin Air Force Base military police. He has also been selected by FWC academy staff as an instructor for vessel operations for new FWC recruits.
In 2015, Officer Molnar responded to 10 calls for service due to swimmers in distress or missing. He rescued 27 people from the water due to currents or tidal conditions.
He provides assistance to other officers on boating under the influence investigations and serves as a breath test operator. For this calendar year, he has made 13 BUI arrests, removing dangerous boat operators from the water. Part of his enforcement efforts this year included 153 boating safety warnings which helped educate boaters and ensure they continue to have safe, enjoyable boating experiences. He also faced completing boating accident investigations and assisting investigators with fatal accident investigations.
“We’re extremely pleased that Officer Molnar’s exemplary efforts on the water have received this prestigious national recognition,” said Maj. Richard Moore, FWC’s Boating and Waterways section leader. “His commitment to public safety is outstanding, and he is a great ambassador for FWC on the water. I’m proud to have him representing our agency as the NASBLA Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is a national nonprofit organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories. NASBLA offers a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards and publications. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, the organization affects the lives of over 76 million American boaters. To learn more about how NASBLA continues to make the waterways safe, secure and enjoyable, visit NASBLA.org.