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Virginia's Operation SWEEP takes place this SATURDAY


Virginia's Operation SWEEP takes place this SATURDAY


Virginia Conservation Police Officers of all ranks, including the Chief of the Law Enforcement Division of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, will be on the water Saturday, August 18, enforcing the Commonwealth's boating laws and educating boaters about safe boating. Operation SWEEP, or Safer Waterways through Enforcement and Education Programs, will use an all hands on deck approach to let the boating public know about safe boating.

"It's so important that boaters in Virginia be safe that we're putting everyone out on the water this weekend to get that message across," said Colonel Mike Bise who will participate in patrols in the Tidewater area.

In addition, Major Steve Pike will participate in patrols on Smith Mountain Lake and Major Dee Watts will participate in patrols on Lake Anna.

Conservation police officers routinely patrol the public waters, conduct safety inspections and give programs about boating safety, but this year VDGIF's Law Enforcement Division decided to step up their presence to raise awareness of safe boating. Every uniformed officer up through the ranks will be out on the water, side by side, with front line conservation police officers. Although this effort is coming near the close of this year's boating season, it is a precursor to a more concentrated waterway enforcement effort by the Law Enforcement Division.

It is the mission of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth; to provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation; and to promote safety for persons and property in connection with these outdoor activities. For more information, visit the Department web site at www.dgif.virginia.gov.

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News media are welcome to participate in a ride along for this weekend. To arrange a ride along with conservation police officers on Saturday, August 18, call:

Region I
(Tidewater region includes the Northern Neck, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach)
Lt. Ken Conger 804-829-6580

Region II
(South central Piedmont west to Roanoke, south the to North Carolina state line, northeast to Dinwiddie down to Brunswick)

Lt. Tony Fisher 434-525-7522

Region III
(Southwest Virginia from Craig, Montgomery, Floyd and Carroll west):
Lt. Rex Hill 276-786-4860

Region IV
(West of the Blue Ridge from Allegheny and Rockbridge in the south to Frederick and Clarke in the North)
Lt. Kevin Clarke 540-248-9360

Region V
(Northern Piedmont from Chesterfield in the south to Loudoun in the north and from Albemarle in the west and Caroline, Hanover, and Henrico in the east):

Lt. John Cobb 540-899-4169.

Media Contact:
Julia Dixon, 804-367-0991

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