The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is applying for a grant to bring power to buildings that house emergency response boats. In accordance with the purpose of the “Waterways Improvement Fund” and Idaho Code 57-1501, this project addresses public safety concerns for emergency equipment storage, the protection and promotion of safety, and search and rescue. The marine patrol equipment is currently being stored in buildings without power, which reduces safety response times when the equipment needs to be utilized. This project will bring electrical power to the facilities where the equipment is stored, add proper lighting for safety during low light hours of operation, and improve the poor lighting currently in place at the main building. This, in turn, will reduce response times for the boating public.

Background:
The Marine Patrol Unit of the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office provides service to county citizens 24 hours a day. The mission of Marine Patrol is to promote safe and enjoyable water recreation through public interaction at waterways and providing free boating education throughout the year by trained instructors. CCSO Marine Patrol responds to all water-related calls for service, boating accidents, water rescues, and search and recovery operations. CCSO Marine Patrol covers 52 miles of the Snake River, 26 miles of the Boise River, Lake Lowell, and numerous canals in the county. In addition, when requested, the Marine Patrol Unit will respond to assist other counties with their search and rescue operations.

Primary Applicant:
Canyon County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol
1115 Albany St
Caldwell, ID 83605

Partners:
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge)
Canyon County Parks, Cultural & Natural Resources

CCSO Marine Patrol requests letters of support from local businesses and community members to assist with the grant application. Letters can be emailed to jason.roberts@canyoncounty.id.gov or sent to the following address:

Canyon County Sheriff’s Office
Marine Patrol Unit
1115 Albany St.
Caldwell, ID 83605

For questions, concerns, or additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact Sgt. Jason Roberts (208) 880-9293 or jason.roberts@canyoncounty.id.gov.

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