The Marine Patrol begins its recruitment and testing for any needed seasonal personnel
in the early fall of each year. Applicants are required to pass a written examination,
interview evaluation, a physical fitness appraisal (swim test and physical agility
test) and an extensive background investigation, which includes a psychological
examination before being accepted as marine patrol officer trainees. Application
may be made at the County’s Human Resouce Office or at the Marine Patrol Office.
All new trainees are required by law to attend a state mandated basic marine training
school in accordance with standards established by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association
and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. St. Clair County conducts a 160
hour training program, which is sanctioned by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association
and the Michigan DNR and meets and exceeds all the standards required under the
law with additional requirements as mandated by the Sheriff. All successful graduates
must complete an additional 200 hours of in-service training under a Field Training
Officer. Upon completion of the field training program, all trainees are evaluated
and must receive a recommendation by their platoon commander before being upgraded
to a senior status officer.
All current officers on the division are required to attend a minimum of 24 hrs.
of update/refresher training each year.
Individuals desiring additional information regarding Marine Patrol recruitment,
administration, operations or programs should contact the Marine Patrol office directly
at the address listed on this website's home page.