MOUNT VERNON — Thanks to grant funding, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol is ready for the upcoming boating season.
Sheriff David Barber announced that Knox County has been awarded $19,751 for this year’s Marine Patrol operations. This funding is provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft.
The unit patrols Apple Valley, Knox and Kokosing Lakes from Memorial Day weekend through Labor day weekend to prevent watercraft accidents and promote a safe boating season. The unit operates a fully-equipped Boston Whaler boat provided to the sheriff’s office under an equipment loan program by the Division of Watercraft.
Under the direction of Sgt. Tom Durbin, the unit consists of off-duty full-time and special deputies, all of whom are are watercraft law enforcement certified. Deputies conduct vessel inspections, enforce watercraft laws and provide boating safety education.
Sheriff Barber said $6,583 in local funds will be added to the grant funds for this year’s operation. This year’s grant funds are $1,100 more than the 2011 grant funds.