Marine Patrol

The Sheriff's Marine Patrol and Water Rescue Unit is charged with the responsibility of patrolling the lakes of Oakland County. The Unit is prepared for ready-res​ponse to the 450 plus lakes in the County. The Marine Unit fleet has twenty-three ​patrol boats, two rapid-response jump boats, o​ne hovercraft, six all-terrain vehicles, and four snowmobiles assigned to the unit, which are put to use by qualified full- and part-time uniformed officers.

The Unit maintains a 13-member, highly-trained, dive-and-rescue team. The team is equipped with the latest advanced technology dive gear, including Side-Scan Sonar and underwater ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle). With continuous specialized training and equipment, the Sheriff’s Dive Team is ready to dive in virtually any weather or water condition. In 2020, there were 2,215 hours of contracted lake patrol and 2,196 hours of jump boat patrol. In addition, the Marine Unit logged 435 search-and-rescue hours.

The Sheriff's Marine Unit conducts boater, snowmobile, and hunter safety courses that are free to the public.​ In 2020, there were 38 people certified in Boater Safety.

Marine Unit EMERGENCY number:  911  (NOTE: messages left for the marine division may not be retrieved for hours or days, so if you have a marine-related incident that involves any injuries or damaged property, please call 911 to have an officer dispatched to your location)
Marine Unit General Information/Classes: 248-858-7831

Marine Unit Sergeant Brian Burwell: 248-858-1664