The Sheriff’s Marine Unit is funded in part by reimbursement of NYS boater registration fees, to help offset the costs to the Sheriff’s Office. These funds are provided by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The Marine Unit’s primary responsibilities include boater safety education, investigation of crimes & incidents that occur on our waterways, search and rescue operations, and enforcement of the NYS Navigation Law.
Orleans County realizes a significant increase in the summer tourist population annually and many of our visitors enjoy using our beautiful lakes and waterways. Unfortunately, events can occur that sometimes have serious or even tragic consequences. Whether it’s a vessel that has become disabled or overturned, has taken on water, caught fire, or there’s been an accident or a drowning, the Sheriff’s Marine Unit responds.