Game Warden Kevin Glass Named 2013 Texas Marine Officer of the Year

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AUSTIN— State game warden Kevin Glass has been named the 2013 Texas Marine Officer of the Year by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Law Enforcement Division.

The award was presented to Glass by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director Carter Smith at the Thursday meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at TPWD Headquarters.

With twenty years of service and experience, Glass, stationed in Waller County, has proven himself to be an asset to Texans.

In 2012, Glass participated in more than 160 Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education training hours, including the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Tactical Boat Operators course and the NASBLA Seated Sobriety course.

Glass is also actively involved in training his fellow game wardens, in and out of his district, in various subjects ranging from firearms to water safety. He is one of 15 trainers instructing the Seated Standard Field Sobriety Test. In addition, he is also the primary instructor for the DWI/BWI/SFST refresher course for his district and has assisted in the instruction of the SFST portion at the Texas Game Warden Academy for the last five years.

Warden Glass has arrested and filed five or more boating while intoxicated cases every year since 2009 (21 total) and has arrests for boating while intoxicated dating back to 1995. As a result of his success in the enforcement of BWI laws and many hours and late nights on the water assisting and teaching his partners, Glass is involved in nearly all BWI arrests in his district.

Year after year, Glass has been one of the leaders in his district in terms of cases filed, boat hours logged (more than 2,000 in the last four years), and training hours instructed.

In June 2011, Glass arranged a meeting with the Harris County District Attorney to discuss and demonstrate the new seated sobriety of test and invited the assistant district attorneys to ride along and witness the test being administered in the field. Harris County is the third largest county per capita in the nation and consistently leads the state in alcohol-related crashes. Since that meeting, the warden has filed five BWI cases using the Standard Seated Sobriety Test and has taught and supervised others in the district resulting in the filing of six more BWI cases utilizing this test.

In addition, Glass volunteers to patrol Harris County waterways increasing the assigned game wardens of Harris County and providing leadership, experience and motivation to detect and arrest violators of BWI as well as other penal code and Parks and Wildlife code violators.

Glass is now in the running for the Southern States Boating Law Administrators Association Marine Officer of the Year Award, which, if chosen, would make him eligible for the National Boating Safety Officer of the Year Award given by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.