Virginia Conservation Police Senior Officer Kenneth Williams has been named The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Boating Officer of the Year. Williams is assigned to Northumberland County. He was honored for engaging in many boater education opportunities in and around the Northern Neck, and for using his expertise to provide instruction and education to the public.
Senior Officer Williams has served the boating community in the Northern Neck since 2006. He conducted 35 on-water boat patrols and 101 boat inspections on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in a five-county area in 2016. Williams is a certified criminal justice instructor, and has led his district with 30 boating arrests, five of which were alcohol related.
Williams also assisted emergency management personnel with inventorying debris and placing hazard markers in the Rappahannock River in the aftermath of a tornado, he assisted the Virginia Port Authority when a cargo ship lost a portion of its load in the Chesapeake Bay, and he responded to a distress call that resulted in the rescue of a sailboat operator in rough waters and extreme wind chill.