The Lane County Sheriff's Office covers an area of 4,620 square miles. Within the county's jurisdiction are over 40 lakes, five navigable rivers and streams, and coastal waters in the Pacific Ocean reaching out three miles that border the 32 mile long county coastline. Lane County Sheriff's Marine deputies are certified law enforcement patrol deputies. They receive additional training and certification as Marine Law Enforcement Officers by attending special training academies conducted by the State Marine Board.
Lane County's Marine Patrol consists of three full-time, year-round certified marine deputies. Additional trained personnel augment the patrol in times of need such as holiday weekends, special events and during contingencies such as flood rescue.
Lane County Marine patrol deputies are trained in conducting investigations of marine related crimes including theft, fraud, boating crashes, fatality investigations, assaults, marine burglaries, crimes and violations involving operational "rules of the road", as well as other crimes involving the marine environment. They have additional specialized training in the operation of various watercraft platforms, swift water rescue, marine crash reconstruction and also perform evaluations of potential waterway hazards.
Marine patrol deputies conduct both on the water and off the water boating safety exams to ensure compliance with boating safety laws and regulations. Upon completion of the boating safety exam, the boater whose boat passes the exam is issued a decal to display on the boat showing that the safety requirements have been met for that calendar year. Other marine safety enforcement officers statewide recognize the decal as an indication that the boat has already been checked and found in compliance for safety equipment. In most cases, the boat will not be stopped again during that calendar year for a safety compliance check. Boats contacted while underway that do not meet the basic requirements are subject to being issued a citation