Marine Patrol Officer Kenneth Conley Awarded 2018 NECLECA Officer of the Year Award

Ken Conley

Maine Marine Patrol Officer Ken Conley is presented the NECLECA Officer of the Year Award.

The North East Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association has named Ken Conley as its Officer of the Year. Conley was nominated by his supervisor, Sergeant Wes Dean.

Officer Conley joined the Marine Patrol in 2016 and began serving in the Kittery patrol and has since transferred to the Portland-Yarmouth Patrol. "In the past year Officer Conley has addressed 77 violations," said Sergeant Dean.

"These violations have a wide range, and include safety violations, watercraft OUI violations, and many different fishing violations, including harvesting clams from polluted areas, undersize lobsters, individuals exceeding their elver fishing quotas, shellfish violations, and multiple other lobster fishing violations."

In 2018 Officer Conley received the Marine Patrol's Commendation Award for the rescue of an occupant of a vessel that was adrift and without power. "Officer Conley's willingness to take charge and react to what could have turned into a very serious life-threatening issue speaks well of his confidence and fortitude," said Sergeant Dean.

Conley was also recognized by Sergeant Dean for diligence in pursuing a larger lobster violation case. "While serving as a field training officer, he assisted in the apprehension of a suspect in possession of 30 short lobsters."

"Conley is an avid striped bass fisherman and works hard to enforce the laws protecting this species," added Sergeant Dean.

"MPO Conley takes considerable pride in conservation law enforcement and keeping the waterways safe. MPO Coney maintains good relationships with the fishing community and uphold the Maine Marine Patrols commitment to community policing," said Sergeant Dean.

"In his tenure MPO Conley has shown dedication, ambition, and integrity as a Marine patrol officer," added Sergeant Dean.

The Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association is a professional organization comprised of the Chiefs and senior command staff from the thirteen northeastern states, US Fish & Wildlife Service, NOAA Officer for Law Enforcement and the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.