Marine Patrol/Search & Rescue
As authorized by the Harbors and Navigation Code, The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office maintains a year-round Marine Patrol Team. The primary mission of this Team is to provide aid and assistance to the recreational boating public. This mission is accomplished through education, safety inspections, search and rescue, and enforcement.
The Marine Patrol Team patrols the Sacramento River, Delta, and sloughs on aluminum-hulled jet boats and personal watercraft. The Team also patrols Cache Creek and Putah Creek on inflatable rafts.
Our Marine Patrol Team is funded by a grant from California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank DBW for its ongoing support.
In addition to its Marine Patrol Team, the Sheriff’s Office operates three Search and Rescue Teams. These Teams are comprised of both sworn and volunteer team members. For our sworn SAR Team members this is a collateral duty, that is taken on in addition to their regular daily duties.
Our SAR Teams are authorized by the California Government Code and the County Board of Supervisors. Our SAR Teams are capable of handling maritime, off-highway, wilderness, and urban search and rescue missions. All our SAR Teams are assets available to the California Office of Emergency Services and may be deployed across the State as part of the state’s mutual aid system.
To supplement our sworn staff, the Sheriff’s Office has a volunteer SAR Team made up of community members who receive extensive training in land-based search and rescue. These volunteers are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our volunteer SAR Team conducts both urban and wilderness searches in Yolo County. For more information on our volunteer SAR Team, please go to their website at www.yolosar.org.