The Bonner County Sheriff’s Marine Division is responsible for patrolling 111,399 acres of water, which is more than double that of any other county in Idaho. Currently the fleet of patrol vessels range in size from 14 feet to 28 feet to patrol Lake Pend Oreille, Priest Lake, Pend Oreille River and many smaller lakes, rivers and delta areas. The Marine Division is comprised of 12-14 seasonal employees. These sworn deputies are required to attend a two-week Marine Deputy Academy, which is required by the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Board. In addition, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office requires continuous training of the Marine Deputies through-out their career.
In a typical year the Marine Division will accomplish its mission of providing a safe and enjoyable boating environment by performing 2000 boat safety inspections, recovering $2,000,000.00 in property value, providing 100 tows or rescues, and by responding to 250 dispatched calls for service. In addition, the Marine Division will write about 800 warnings and 100 citations.
During the off-season the Marine Division will update and service its patrol vessels and equipment.
The Bonner County Sheriff Marine division will be
applying for a Waterways Improvement Grant through
Idaho Parks and Recreation to replace aging
outboard engines. If successful, the competitive
grants would be awarded in FY 16. A public comment
session will be held at the Bonner County Waterway
monthly meeting on January 18, 2015 at 9 a.m. in
the former Federal Building.