Marine Patrol and Water Rescue
Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Patrol Services
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-response to the 450 plus lakes in
the County. The Marine Unit fleet has twenty-three patrol boats, two rapid response jump boats, one hovercraft, six all-terrain
vehicles, and four snowmobiles assigned to the unit and are put to use
by qualified full and part time uniform officers.
The Unit maintains a 12 member, highly trained, dive and rescue team. The team is equipped with the la
st advanced technology dive gear, including Side-Scan Sonar and underwater R.O.V. (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 2013, there were over 593 hours of search and rescue, 1,560 hours of contracted lake patrol, and 2,713 hours of jump boat patrol. The Marine Unit trains and educates students in boater, snowmobile, and hunter safety. In 2013, there were 280 people certified in Boater Safety, and 50 people certified in Hunter Safety courses.