Lt. Ben Keyes of the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office has been named the Idaho Marine Officer of the Year by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Lt. Keyes, who was also named Idaho Marine Office of the Year in 2006, has served as the supervisor of Canyon County’s Marine Patrol Program since 1981 and is the longest serving county marine deputy in the history of Idaho, totaling over 35 years. His department’s patrol area includes Lake Lowell, one of the largest bodies of water in Southwestern Idaho, and nearly 100 miles of the Snake and Boise rivers. Lt. Keyes has also been involved in all aspects of the marine law enforcement training program in Idaho including course development and instruction. As one of only four POST certified Master Instructors in the field of marine law enforcement, Lt. Keyes is an irreplaceable asset for state boating program.
As state officer of the year, Lt. Keyes’ nomination was forwarded to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) during their solicitation of nominees for National Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. All the nominations for Western state officers were then forwarded to the respective region for selection of the regional winner.
During the week of April 20, 2015 Lt. Keyes was selected from a group of other Western state officers as the 2015 Western States Boating Administrators Association (WSBAA) Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
As the regional winner, Lt. Keyes will be invited to the annual WSBAA awards ceremony which will be held on May 12 during the WSBAA annual conference in Bend, Oregon. In addition, he will also be invited to attend the NASBLA awards ceremony in Wichita, Kansas in September and will be competing against two other individuals (one from the Northern U.S. and one from the Southern U.S.) for the National Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.