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Marine Unit


The Marine Unit serves the community by promoting boating safety and education through enforcement of the New York State Navigation Laws.

The Marine Unit is primarily responsible for patrolling the ninety miles of navigable shoreline of Erie County, which includes:

  • Lake Erie
  • Buffalo Harbor
  • Buffalo River
  • Niagara River
  • Black Rock Canal
  • New York State Barge canal
Marine Unit

ECSO Marine Unit

Staffed full time with officers trained in navigation law and search and rescue procedures, and assisted by a fully trained Reserve Division, the Marine Patrol is responsible for:

  • The enforcement of the Navigation Law and related laws.
  • Being ready 24 hours a day, to perform search and rescue operations, accident investigations and marine larceny investigations.

The primary Marine Patrol functions are to:

  • answer all marine complaints
  • answer boater calls for assistance
  • investigate all boating accidents
  • educate the boating public through lectures and distributing informational literature
  • enforce the New York Navigation Law, Penal Law and related local laws.

Marine personnel conduct the Sheriff's Dock Watch Program that encourages and assists boat owners to itemize and identify all boating equipment.