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Marine Patrol

The Berrien County Sheriff's Department maintains a Marine Division with a statutory responsibility to investigate water related deaths and the enforcement of the Marine Laws.  At its disposal, the Marine Division has a fleet of various sized vessels and watercraft. 

Berrien County has 86 inland lakes and three major rivers as primary patrol responsibilities for the Sheriff's Department.  The Marine Division shares responsibilities with the U.S. Coast Guard patrolling 42 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline within our county.

For more information regarding boating in Michigan Safety visit

Replacement Boater Safety Certificates can be ordered by calling:  (517) 373-3292.

2014 Marine Division Applications

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department will be accepting applications for Marine Deputies during the 2014 boating season.

All applications must be delivered in person or postmarked no later than December 31, 2013. Applications can be downloaded from: or picked up in person from the Personnel Dept. at the County Administration Office located at 701 W. Main, St. Joseph. All completed applications must be submitted to Personnel.


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • GED or Diploma
  • Out of High School a minimum one school year as of June 2014
  • Pass a swim test
  • Operate vessels up to 27’ in length

Desired Experience:

  • Mechanically inclined
  • Boating
  • Trailering
  • Word Processing computer skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills

Deputies will work approximately 40 hours per week, with weekends and holidays mandatory. Weekend training may begin as early as March, with duties ending shortly after Labor Day weekend.



Last year, Michigan DNR approved the on-line boating course offered by  Students log on and take the Michigan course, pass it, then print a certificate. No need to contact the Sheriff's Department to take the proctored exam!




919 Port Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 983-7141
BCSD Niles Substation
1205 N. Front Street
Niles, MI 49120
(269) 684-5274
BCSD Watervliet Twp Substation
4959 M 140
Watervliet, MI 49098
(269) 463-5495
Deputies may be on patrol
Four Winds Substation
19279 Kinst Road
New Buffalo, MI 49117
(269) 756-9571 ext. 7603
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