Marine Safety Enforcement Officer
TPWD Marine Enforcement Policy:
“To promote recreational water safety for persons and property in and connected with the use of all recreational water facilities in the state, to promote water safety in the operation and equipment of facilities, and to promote uniformity of laws relating to water safety.”
Texas Water Safety Act
Acts 1975, 64th Legislature
All game wardens in the state of Texas by virtue of their training and commission with TPWD are certified Marine Safety Enforcement Officers.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Law Enforcement Division also certifies Marine Safety Enforcement Officers (MSEO) throughout the state for enforcement of the Water Safety Act. Certified peace officers from other agencies must be MSEO certified through TPWD in order to enforce recreational boating safety laws on public waters in Texas and provisions of the Water Safety Act.
This partnership with other agencies is a valuable asset to both this agency and to the people of the state in promoting a safe recreational boating environment on our lakes, bays, rivers, and streams. It is through this partnership that laws relating to public safety are enforced consistently, provides a unified force multiplier for officer presence on the water, and ensures unilateral collaboration from one law enforcement agency to another.
Marine Safety Enforcement Officer of the Year Award
Once a year, to show our support, appreciation, and recognition for officers, TPWD officially recognizes through an awards program a Marine Safety Enforcement Officer of the Year. This officer is nominated by his/her peers to receive this award through TPWD for professionalism, outstanding achievements, and dedication to enforcing the Water Safety Act.
To become a certified MSEO an officer must:
- be a certified peace officer in good standing with Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) accreditation,
- be employed by a law enforcement agency in Texas,
- be the holder of a boater education certificate,
- successfully complete the MSEO certification course.
For more information on certifications and course availability contact:Lt. Cody Jones
MSEO Certification Program