Marine Safety Enforcement Officer

MSEO Online Certification Course

To enroll in this course and become credentialed as a Texas Marine Safety Enforcement Officer, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be an active duty peace officer–A peace officer holding a valid peace officer license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and a valid peace officer commission issued by an authorized governmental entity of the State of Texas.
  2. Hold a Texas boater education certificate; and
  3. Successfully complete the marine safety enforcement officer training course and marine safety enforcement officer examination.

Upon successful completion of the course and exam you will receive 8 hours of TCOLE credit. TPWD personnel will then review compliance will credentialling criteria an will credential those peace officer who meet all the applicable provisions of the law.

The cost of this course is $65.00 payable by credit card.

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

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.

Lt. Bryan Baronet
(325) 792-6440