BAR HARBOR — The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) recently recognized Marine Patrol Officer Christopher Hilton as the state’s Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The award was presented during NASBLA’s annual conference here in October.
“This is an honor that recognizes Officer Hilton’s consistent dedication to professionalism,” Marine Patrol Major Jon Cornish said. “It’s especially meaningful coming from a national organization of law enforcement professionals.”
Hilton was hired by the Maine Marine Patrol as a seasonal officer in the spring of 2007 and quickly gained the respect of commercial and recreational boat operators and fishermen. “He made an immediate impression on everyone he worked with, and it was clear that he would make an excellent officer,” Cornish said.
In April 2009, Hilton was hired full time and went to the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. Hilton continued his commitment to professional development, training himself on three different models of patrol boats. Hilton works in the Freeport-Harpswell patrol on and around Casco Bay, one of the most heavily trafficked boating areas on the Maine coast.