The 2014 Rouge Jet will be used by the Marine Division to primarily patrol the Columbia River and the other waterways in Umatilla County.
UMATILLA COUNTY, OR - The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office has a brand new boat to help keep waterways safe in the county.
The 2014 Rouge Jet, built in Grants Pass, will be used by the Marine Division to primarily patrol the Columbia River and the other waterways in Umatilla County. The new boat will replace the office's aging three-boat fleet, which consisted of one boat that was over 27 years old.
The Oregon State Marine Board provided a $55,000 grant to help fund the purchase. The office sold their oldest boat in the fleet and used those proceeds to pay for the remaining cost of the new boat. No additional county funds were needed.
The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit patrols seven miles along the Columbia river and its shore lines, both above and below McNary Dam, as well as the McKay Reservoir and Dam, located about six miles south of Pendleton.
The UCSO Marine Patrol Unit consistently ranks in the top five statewide in prevention, education, and enforcement activities.
For more information on the Oregon State Marine Board, click here.