Wasco County Sheriff Going On Its Own For Marine Patrol

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is terminating its agreement with the Oregon State Marine Board to provide equipment for marine patrol services.  County Sheriff Lane Magill told County Commissioners that the state agency had become difficult to deal with, and funding levels from the agency were not adequate for what they were required to do.  But Magill says marine services are important to the County, and while they are stepping away from the state marine program, he feels his department can do a better job on its own with a training coordinator and a curriculum that can train marine deputies.  Magill says they will be getting a boat designed for the small waterways of the area, and they will be partnering with other jurisdictions in the region for responding to calls.

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