The Marine Patrol Section of the Canyon County Sheriff's Office is managed by Lieutenant Ben Keyes. Lieutenant Keyes has served the county in Marine Patrol since 1982. He has achieved his POST Advanced Certificate and is one of four people in the state who qualify as a Master Instructor in Marine Law Enforcement. Lieutenant Keyes teaches at all current Marine Law Enforcement classes offered by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Canyon County Marine Patrol Section provides service to the citizens of the county 24 hours a day. The mission of Marine Patrol is promoting safe and enjoyable water recreation through public interaction at waterways and providing free boating education throughout the year by trained instructors. Members of the Marine Patrol Section strive to live up to our Sheriff’s motto, “Expect the Best” by being compassionate, competent, reliable and consistent in our approach to Marine Law Enforcement.
The Marine Section responds to all water related calls for service, boating accidents, water rescues, and search and recovery operations. There are 52 miles of the Snake River, 26 miles of the Boise River, Lake Lowell and numerous canals in Canyon County which the Marine Patrol may be asked to respond too. The Marine Patrol Section will, when requested, respond to assist other counties with their search and rescue operations.
The Canyon County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol has and is willing to go to schools to teach water safety and boating safety to all ages. Call 454-7531 and ask to speak with a deputy in Marine Patrol Section.