The Huron Police Department Marine Patrol Unit is funded through a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Watercraft Division. Huron Police Officers patrol the Huron River and Lake Erie on a Boston Whaler provided by the ODNR.
Officer Keith Lobsinger is the Marine Patrol Coordinator and is responsible for the administration, research and application of all marine programs.
The goal of the Marine Patrol Unit is to promote safety for all residents and visitors of the City of Huron enjoying Huron as The Great Lake Place. This is done through personal contact, education and safety inspections. Huron Police Officers work closely with the United States Coast Guard, the Division of Watercraft and Ohio Department of Homeland Security.
MARINE VESSEL INSPECTIONS
Huron Police Officers are certified to conduct inspections on vessels and issue stickers provided by the Division of Watercraft. Inspections are conducted on the water, at marinas or at the boat ramp. If you would like to schedule your vessel for an inspection please contact us and we will make arrangements to have your vessel inspected.
Ohio law requires person born on or after January 1, 1982, who operate a boat powered by greater than 10 horsepower must successfully pass a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators-approved boating education course or proficiency exam. This includes the operation of a personal watercraft (PWC). All boaters are encouraged to take this course and it is available online.