The State Police maintains boat patrols in Troops B, D, E, F, G, K, L and T. Troopers assigned to marine duties patrol waterways throughout the state from early spring to late fall, enforcing the Navigation Law, Canal Rules & Regulations and Environmental Conservation Laws, assisting boaters in distress, providing search and rescue services and water security at regattas, hydroplane races and other water-related events.
During the boating season, Troop B patrolled the St. Lawrence River, Lake Champlain and other smaller lakes in the Adirondacks, while Troop D provided two patrols on the St. Lawrence River at Alexandria Bay, a heavily used recreational and commercial waterway. Troops B and D enhanced security on the state’s border by providing additional patrols on the St. Lawrence, working closely with the United States Coast Guard, Border Patrol and Customs officials.
Elsewhere, Troop E patrolled portions of Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, Troops F and K covered the Hudson River, and Troop G deployed boats on Lake George, Saratoga Lake and the Great Sacandaga Lake. Troop L patrolled areas of Long Island Sound around Fishers Island. Troop T deployed four boats along the 525- mile state Canal System that includes the Mohawk, Hudson, Oswego, Seneca, Genesee and Niagara Rivers, as well as Oneida, Onondaga, Cross, Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. Troop T continued to use personal watercraft (PWCs), popularly known as jet skis, for specialized and general patrol duties, and for specialized education and enforcement efforts.