Marine Unit

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Unit patrols bodies of water during the boating season.

Currently, fully-equipped vessels routinely patrol the county’s portion of the Hudson River and Lake Oscawana, a fresh water lake in Putnam Valley.

Each year highly trained uniformed deputy sheriffs board these vessels in an effort to assist with search and rescue operations, assist boaters, conduct boat safety inspections and enforce the New York State Navigational Law. The Sheriff’s Marine Unit, working in conjunction with other area law enforcement agencies, provides Homeland Security surveillance of the Bear Mountain and Beacon-Newburgh bridges, as well as the Metropolitan North and ConRail railway systems which operate on both shores of the Hudson River.

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