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.