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Specialized Programs

The Sheriff's Office boat program is comprised of La Plata County Sheriff’s Office personnel that have been trained in proper boating safety and response.  The 2005 25 foot SAFE boat was obtained using drug seizure funds.  The boat assists the La Plata County Regional Scuba Dive Team with recovery efforts.  The boat team is able  to assist other counties as needed.  The boat has assisted in several stranded boater calls and evidence recovery.  The boat also assisted in the rebuilding of the Lemon Lake dam pumps.


The Sheriff's Office ATV/UTV program is comprised of Sheriff’s Office personnel that have been trained in the safe handling and operation of the vehicles/equipment.  The equipment itself was obtained using government grants and programs.  The trained personnel are able to use the equipment to get into areas that are too far from the road.  They use the vehicles to manage the homeless populations and illegal camping issues.  They are also used in locating illegal drug activity.  The vehicles were recently used last year during the 416 fires for emergency response vehicles.  Deputies were able to take the ATV/UTV into areas that would have otherwise damaged patrol cars ultimately saving tax payers money.


The Sheriff's Office Snowmobile program is comprised of Sheriff's Office personnel and is operated by trained staff that have passed the written and practical training for the specialized equipment that is utilized.  The snow mobiles were obtained using government programs. The Snowmobiles are used to get into areas where our patrol cars cannot go.  They are used for life saving efforts and evidence recovery.  To date the they have been used for both.