Technologies and Training in Law Enforcement Programs
What new trends are law enforcement programs seeing? What new technologies and trainings are needed? Results from the 2019 National Training Survey and interactive discussion on the needs of maritime law enforcement.
Colonel, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Bureau of Law Enforcement
Colonel Corey Britcher has been the director of the PFBC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement for the last seven years. He has been with the agency for 22 years serving as a WCO in the busy Southern Huntingdon (Raystown Lake) district before promoting to Sergeant and then Captain in the Southcentral Region. A strong advocate for the Recreational Boating Safety and Water Rescue programs, both were moved under his purview in a recent agency reorganization. As part of this reorganization, COL Britcher serves as Pennsylvania’s Boating Law Administrator and currently chairs NASBLA’s Law Enforcement and Training Committee. He was recently recognized by the Higgins & Langley Memorial Awards Committee with an award for Program Development for the PFBC SWERT (Swift Water Emergency Response Team). Other accolades include the Agency’s Officer of the Year, Top Gun, Life Saving, and Outstanding Service awards.
Larry Furlong, Assistant Bureau Director of Law Enforcement, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
Wyoming Law Enforcement Coordinator, Wyoming Game and Fish Department
NASBLA Deputy Executive Director, Advocacy, Enforcement & Officer Training
John Fetterman was hired by NASBLA in January 2010 as the association’s first Law Enforcement Director. In this capacity, Fetterman worked to integrate and coordinate law enforcement programs within NASBLA and to improve the nonprofit organization’s law enforcement program value to its members through education and consulting services. Fetterman and his team launched NASBLA’s Boat Operations and Training Program (BOAT) in April of 2010, NASBLA to date has trained over 10,000 federal, state, local and tribal maritime law enforcement officers and maritime response professionals.
On March 13, 2014, John was promoted to Deputy Executive Director.
Before joining the NASBLA staff, Fetterman, a native of Pittsburgh, PA worked for the Maine Bureau of Marine Patrol for 32 years. He began his career with the Maine agency in 1977 as a field officer. Much of his career with the Marine Patrol was spent as chief pilot, flying some 12,000 hours in multiple aircraft. In non-flight duties, Major Fetterman also supervised the Bureau’s Special Services and served for over 20 years on the Emergency Response Team within the Maine Emergency Management Agency. In 2001 he was promoted to Deputy Chief and served as the Coastal Boating Law Administrator for the state of Maine until December 2009.
Fetterman joined NASBLA’s Executive Board as a member-at-large in 2005-06, then led NASBLA as president in 2007-08. Fetterman also served as vice chair of NASBLA’s new Homeland Security Committee (now the Preparedness & Response Committee), in 2004, and as the committee chair in 2005. In June 2006, he was appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council, where he served two three year terms and in 2012 served a 3 year term on the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. In addition to his NASBLA assignments, Fetterman also serves at the senior contract staff representative to the Life Jacket Association.
Deputy Director Fetterman and his wife, Cathy, live in Manchester, Maine, and have four grown and married children and six grandchildren.