Broward County's extensive coastline, inland waterways, canals and thousands of acres of Everglades present unique challenges for law enforcement and emergency rescue operations. The responsibility to meet these challenges falls to BSO's Marine Unit, consisting of the Marine Patrol and the Dive Rescue Team.
The Marine Patrol enforces marine laws and ordinances and provides high-visibility patrol in county waterways, investigates boating accidents and related crime scenes, and promotes boating education and safety to the approximately 45,000 registered pleasure craft operators in the area.
The Marine Patrol also directs the county's Hurricane Flotilla Plan, guiding thousands of vessels to safe harbor when severe weather conditions threaten. In the county's western areas, patrol covers thousands of acres of Florida's Everglades via airboat, protecting one of the world's most unique conservation areas.
BSO's Dive Rescue Team is called upon in emergency situations when life or property is threatened in any county waterway. In addition, they provide underwater recovery efforts for fatalities, vehicles, evidence and are responsible for investigating underwater crime scenes. The 40 members of the Dive Team are from the Marine Patrol Unit, the Bomb Unit, and from various Patrol Districts throughout the Agency.
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