The Marine Safety Division is staffed year round and patrols various lakes in Calaveras County as well as their connecting waterways. Deputies assigned to this division complete State approved boating safety and enforcement courses and are given hands on training in the operation and handling of the different boats the Sheriff's Marine Safety Division uses.
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office receives funding from the California Department of Boating and Waterways through the The Boating Safety and Enforcement (BS&E) Financial Aid Program. The purpose of this program is to provide State financial aid to local governmental agencies whose waterways have high usage by transient boaters and an insufficient tax base to fully support a boating safety and enforcement program. The program is intended to augment existing local resources for boating safety and enforcement activities
With a population of over 46,000 in Calaveras County, and an increasing amount of tourist boating traffic, the summer boat patrol period is very busy with enforcement of the laws, investigation of accidents, and rescue operations. During this time additional deputies, reserves, and extra hires can be utilized to augment the program. Safety on our waterways is the #1 concern!
A very important component of keeping the lakes safe and enforcing the law is boating safety education. The Sheriff's Office strongly encourages all boat recreation enthusiasts to take a boater safety course. Our staff instructs numerous students, residents, and visitors each year in boating safety in hopes of decreasing the number of boating accidents.
For more information visit the California Department of Boating and Waterways website