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Law Enforcement Around the State in Kennewick for Boat Patrol Training

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Law enforcement from all over the state hit the choppy waters of the Columbia River Wednesday to learn skills to qualify for boat patrol.

The state parks department is teaming up with the Coast Guard to host law enforcement officers for a five day boat patrol training course.

On Wednesday, they did some towing drills on the Columbia River, in addition to a refresher course on the boating basics.

"Getting these officers on board with what the laws are in the water and everything from learning that this is the controls to move the boat, to this is the wheel to steer it and learning how to maneuver the boat in the water coming in and out of a dock.  All the basic seamanship skills that are needed to be safe on the water," said Kitsap Co. Sheriff's Office Deputy and Course Instructor Sgt. Ken Dickinson.

On Thursday, the officers will be put in mock situations to learn how to properly deal with DUIs and stranded boaters.

The training ends on Friday.