The Water Patrol Division is responsible for law enforcement and to promote safety on all usable waterways within the county. This division is active year-round, with officers trading in their boats at the end of the summer in favor of snowmobiles. Whether on water or on ice, the division is responsible for law enforcement, safety instruction, and promotion of safe riding habits on the county’s lakes, rivers, and snowmobile/ATV trails.
The Water Patrol Division also has the responsibility of conducting investigations of boating accidents. They carry out searches for drowning victims or missing persons on the waterways. They also instruct classes on water safety. The Water Patrol Division is responsible for performing inspections of watercraft, including rentals and boats, which use the county lakes.
The Water Patrol Division is currently comprised of one full time deputy and two part time licensed peace officers. In addition, other officers with specialized training or experience are called into service for special patrols. Sherburne County Deputies also collaborate with the Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers on occasion to provide a team effort regarding enforcement in the County. During the winter months, water patrol deputies take to the trails on snowmobiles to ensure compliance with snowmobile laws and also to promote safety. In addition, deputies conduct snowmobile safety classes and rider certification.
This division is also responsible for Commercial Vehicle Inspections (CVI) within the county, typically working in partnership with the State Patrol. As part of the CVI Division, deputies are involved in enforcing laws regarding Spring weight restriction compliance, performing commercial vehicle inspections to assure compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules and regulations, investigating commercial vehicle crashes, and performing accident mapping and reconstruction of serious and fatal incidents. When called by the Criminal Investigative Division, the division provides forensic crime scene mapping services as well.
The Water Patrol/Recreational Vehicle/Commercial Vehicle Inspection Division continues to be busy through out the seasons enforcing the laws within our county and upholding safety requirements to the highest degree in the hopes of keeping our residents and our visitors safe from harm. Photograph of Overweight Trailer; possibly put the road sign as an inset to show that was what the issue was? Photograph Caption In 2009, 143 commercial vehicle inspections were completed, resulting in 62 citations being issued for equipment and driver violations, 31 commercial vehicles placed out of service for equipment deficiencies, and 9 drivers placed out of service for logbook/hours violations. Photo of Deputy in Boat – Photograph Caption Whether on water or on ice, the division is responsible for law enforcement, safety instruction, and promotion of safe riding habits on the county’s lakes, rivers, and snowmobile/ATV trails.