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The Summit County Sheriff's Marine Patrol has been patrolling Summit County's waterways and educating the boating public for over thirty years. The only local law enforcement agency with a Marine Patrol in the County, we work in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft and Division of Parks and Recreation. Funding is provided by a grant from the Ohio Division of Watercraft with matching funds from Summit County. During participation in the State Marine Patrol Grant Program, with local Marine Patrols from across Ohio (including Lake Erie and the Ohio River), Summit County has been recognized as the Outstanding Marine Patrol twelve times - most recently in 2003. The Marine Patrol has received awards for excellence in marine law enforcement and education.

Our Marine Patrol activities include boater education programs, marine law enforcement training, public speaking for boating and community organizations, safety equipment inspections, litter prevention programs, boat theft prevention programs, safety recall notifications and traditional marine law and alcohol enforcement.

We are the primary law enforcement agency on the waters of Portage Lakes State Park. We also patrol the Cuyahoga River, Ohio and Erie Canal and Springfield Lake. The Marine Patrol fleet consists of five law enforcement vessels, including a Zodiac inflatable craft and a Yamaha personal watercraft. Summit County's Marine Patrol Deputies, who offer more than fifty years of combined marine law enforcement experience, must complete a basic marine patrol training course and annual update training in advanced marine patrol and education techniques.

The mission of the Summit County Sheriff's Marine Patrol is to maintain a safe recreational boating environment for Summit County residents and visitors. We will accomplish this goal by being world class in our methods and a leader in our profession.

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