The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has a new marine patrol boat, a 24-foot Boston Whaler for improving recreational boating safety on the waterways in Columbia County. The $125,000 boat was financed by the U.S. Coast Guard Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund.

Columbia County Sheriff’s was one of six law enforcement agencies to receive one of these patrol boats.

“Having a vessel like this will help ensure that members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit are able to keep up with the increasing demands for patrolling our waterways,” Sheriff David Bartlett said in a statement. “The vessel will ensure that our Deputy Sheriffs’ are safe while assisting the boating community.  I would also like to thank the United States Coast Guard and the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for assistance in obtaining this vessel, the inter-agency cooperation between the three agencies has been outstanding.”

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office currently have in their fleet: 2006 HydraSport 23ft boat, 1997McKee Craft 19ft boat, 2010 Zodiac 14ft. rescue inflatable boat and a 2007 Jet Ski.  The Marine Unit currently covers approximately 30 miles of the Hudson River as well as Kinderhook Lake, Queechy Lake and Copake Lake.