The Rocky River Police Marine Patrol was established in the 1960's to assist in providing a safe boating environment on Lake Erie.
The unit assists the United States Coast Guard and Ohio Department of Natural Resources as needed, and is ready for service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week in all weather conditions from May into November.
The unit has had five boats since its inception, and currently operates a 27' Safe Boats International walk around cabin boat obtained through a federal grant in 2013.
The Marine Patrol is funded through a grant from the State of Ohio with matching City funds. It is staffed by between eight and ten Rocky River Police Officers to cover part-time operation of the boat in addition to their full-time duties. The Marine Patrol is in service primarily during evening, weekend, and holiday hours during the summer, but is available anytime in the event of an emergency.
Primary areas of operation of the Marine Patrol includes Lake Erie from Avon Point to Cleveland Harbor and out to the international border.
The primary mission of the Marine Patrol includes:
- Promote a safe boating environment and enhance public relations
- Enforce all applicable laws
- Conduct safety inspections/vessel stops and boardings
- Conduct search and rescue (SAR) operations
- Respond to calls for service
- Recovery of evidence and drowning victims
- Conduct boating accident investigations
The Marine Patrol has its own docking facility on the west channel of the Rocky River. The Argus V is moored in the water during the season and stored indoors during the winter.
Boaters may stop by the police dock anytime personnel are present for any questions or for a free vessel safety inspection. Additional questions about the Marine Patrol can be directed to Sgt. Joe Boncek at email@example.com or by calling 440-799-8205.