MARINE PATROL

 

Huron County Sheriff's Office Marine Division

Huron County has over 90 miles of Lake Huron shoreline running from Sebewaing on the west side to White Rock on the east side. Huron County also has 1,300 square miles of lake Huron within its county boundaries. On the water Huron County has boundaries with five other counties (Sanilac, Tuscola, Bay, Arenac, and Iosco) and Canada. Huron County waters range from the shallow Saginaw Bay on the west side of the county to the deeper waters of Lake Huron on the east side county. The waters of Huron County contain several islands and shallow reefs. With this much diversity it is easy to see why Huron County is a popular destination for water related recreational activities, and why it is important to have trained personnel and proper equipment to respond to emergencies on Huron County waterways.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office Marine Division consists of 4 part time Marine Officers and one supervisor. After attending training sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division and the Michigan Sheriff's Association Marine Officers are certified to enforce the Michigan Marine Safety Act. Marine Division Operations are funded by grants received from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and these grants typically cover from 75% to 100% of the Marine Divisions total operating costs. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources gets the funding for the Marine Safety Grant Program from a portion of Michigan vessel registrations and from United States Coast Guard grant funding.

Duties of Marine Officers Include:

Boating Safety Education

Enforcing the Michigan Safety Act through patrol operations

Search and Rescue

Vessel Safety Inspections

Boat Livery Inspections

Investigation of Boating Accidents

Body Recovery

Regatta patrols

Support to the Huron County Sheriff's Office Dive Team

             
Huron County Marine Division Goal

The goal of the Huron County Sheriff's Office Marine Division is to make the waterways of the State of Michigan safe and enjoyable for everyone through education and enforcement if necessary. If at anytime you have boating related questions or concerns please contact us and we will be happy to help you.