BLM Ranger of the Year named; praised for mobile computer effort
Bureau of Land Management law enforcement ranger Erik Boik of Grand Junction recently was named the agency’s 2009 National Ranger of the Year.
Boik, 30, has worked for the Grand Junction field office since 2008 and is one of three BLM rangers responsible for law enforcement on more than 1.2 million acres of public land in western Colorado.
The award was given him for his “leadership, work ethic and positive relationships” with other agencies and jurisdictions while promoting “public safety and the protection of public lands and resources in western Colorado,” said William C. Woody, director of the BLM’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security.
Boik, who spent seven years in the BLM Phoenix office before transferring to Grand Junction, was selected from among the 215 BLM rangers nationwide.
Part of Boik’s nomination took particular note of his role in bringing innovative programs to the law enforcement effort.
This includes the installation of Mobile Data Terminals in ranger vehicles used in the Grand Junction field office and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.
According to a BLM news release, these mobile computers allow rangers in the field to access vehicle ownership and driver’s license information as well as display landownership records.
“The Grand Junction field office enjoys productive relationships between law enforcement, management, and program specialists, largely due to Ranger Boik’s communication skills and willingness to keep management and program specialists informed on law enforcement issues,” Woody said during the award ceremony in Salt Lake City.
Boik has been honored before. Last year, he was selected by other BLM rangers to be the field ranger representative to the national BLM law enforcement working group.
While in Phoenix, Boik was selected to the 2004 BLM Law Enforcement Group of the Year for his efforts deterring narcotic and human smuggling traffic across BLM lands.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by your peers for the work you do,” Boik said.
“Having good relationships with our local partner agencies and internal BLM staff is vital to our ability to protect these lands and the people who enjoy them.”