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River patrol boat on Willamette River

River Patrol Unit

The River Patrol Unit provides public safety services to 110 miles of waterways in Multnomah County, including the Columbia, Willamette and Sandy Rivers, as well as the Multnomah Channel.

The River Patrol Unit provides public safety services to 110 miles of waterways in Multnomah County, including the Columbia, Willamette and Sandy Rivers, as well as the Multnomah Channel. River Patrol Unit deputies respond to emergency calls for service, provide boating-safety examinations and conduct criminal and accident investigations. Created in 1960, the River Patrol Unit is well established, the team of deputies are very active in the community, often attending events and expos, and providing outreach and educational opportunities year-round.

The unit currently consists of a Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant and six deputies.

Dive Team

Dive Team members are specially trained to respond to the scene of a water-related incident in Multnomah County, to perform water rescues and recoveries, and underwater evidence searches and vehicle recoveries. The team is also available to assist outside agencies upon request.

This special assignment is unique in the fact that members of the agency from the law enforcement division and corrections division can both participate. The team is currently comprised of a two sergeants and twelve deputies.

Deputy is in full scuba suit doing a practice dive in a pool.