Jackson County Sheriff's marine deputy Jason Denton received an outstanding achievement award from the Oregon State Marine Board.
The board honored officers who work on the water at its annual post-season conference held Dec. 6 in Bend in conjunction with the Oregon State Sheriff's Association's annual conference.
This award recognizes excellence in all areas of marine patrol: enforcement, public education, partnerships and enhancing the quality of safety, service and outreach.
During the 2012 boating season, Denton single-handedly made 1,298 boater contacts and made 23 arrests on charges of boating under the influence from July 1 to December. Denton leads the way in BUII detection in the state and has been an integral component to safer waterways in Jackson County, a news release about the award said.
He is also an instructor who helps the Marine Board's law enforcement training program by teaching at the Marine Academy, drift boat and whitewater jet-boat schools held this year.
Lt. Dustin Hald from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office also was honored with the outstanding achievement award.