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Water Patrol

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The Racine County Sheriff’s Office continues to operate the Water Safety Patrol on Lake Michigan and on inland lakes and rivers throughout Racine County.  The Water Safety Patrol operates from April 1st until about the second week of November. During the summer months, Water Safety Patrol Deputies are assisted by approximately 5 college student summer employees.

The Water Safety Patrol continues to be partially funded by the Department of Natural Resources. Annually, up to 17% of the costs of operating the Water Safety Patrol are reimbursed to Racine County.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Water Safety Patrol responds to assist boaters for a variety of incidents, including accidents, engine failures, and rescue as well as enforcement activities.