Columbia County Sheriff's Office
David P. Bartlett, SHERIFF                     John W. Davi, UNDERSHERIFF
Copyright ©2006 Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Hudson,NY 12534
During the boating season, the Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, patrols the Hudson River, Copake
Lake, Queechy Lake and Kinderhook Lake.  
Deputy Sheriff Chad Shufelt, who is certified by NYS
as a Public Vessel Pilot/Engineer, is the Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Commander.  Deputy Sheriff
Heath Benansky is Deputy Commander.

The Marine Patrol is equipped with four patrol vessels; 2010 Zodiac 14 foot inflatable rescue boat
equipped with a 30HP outboard engine, which will be utilized in shallow water as well as swift water

A 2006, 24 foot Hydra-Sport with a 250 H.P Evinrude E-Tech motor. The patrol vessel is also
equipped with a GPS Chart plotting system and is moored in the Hudson River during the patrol

Also, a 1999 18 foot center console, McKee Craft with a 140 H.P Suzuki four stroke motor is
assigned to the lakes and a support vessel for the Hudson River.

In September of 2007, the Sheriff's Office added a 2007 three person SeaDoo 1500cc Personal
Water Craft
and trailer to its Marine Patrol.  The "JetSki" will enhance search, rescue, patrol and
navigation of areas limited in access by the larger vessels.  It will also assist in DIVE Team
operations and training.     

The Sheriff's Office was also able to obtain with grant money, a Side Scan Sonar to help identify
objects under the surface of the water.

In order to make our larger lakes and the thirty miles of Hudson River bordering our county as safe
as possible for all to enjoy, the Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol is responsible for the following tasks:

Promote boating safety and an atmosphere conducive to safe recreational and commercial
boat operation by direct contact with boaters.
Conduct boating education courses.
Patrol in a highly visible manner to deter violations.
Enforcement of navigation laws.
Conduct boat safety equipment checks.
Investigate accidents involving boats.
Assist disabled vessels.
Coordinate marine activities with other government agencies such as DEC, Parks and
Recreation, other Sheriff’s Offices, etc.
Render assistance during storms, drownings, and other marine disasters.
Support underwater recovery operations, rescue missions, and crime scene investigations.

Deputy Sheriffs who volunteer and are assigned to the Sheriff's Marine Patrol must complete special training in vessel safety, transportation, operation and laws effecting our waterways.