Green Bay Police Marine Unit
The Green Bay Police Department operates a Marine Unit along the Fox River for patrolling waterways, assisting disabled vessels, dive operations, search and rescue. The Police Department patrols the waterways with a 20’ 2003 Pro-Line open-bow patrol/rescue boat and a 30’ 2006 Zodiak cabin patrol/rescue boat. The Marine Unit is administered by Lt. Kevin Warych and Lt. John Rousseau. All officers assigned to the Marine Unit are fully trained and certified in boating safety as well as search and rescue.
During the boating season the patrol boats remain in the water and ready for emergency search and rescue. The patrol boats are moored at South Bay Marina, 101 Bay Beach Road. Southbay Marina donates the use of their docks and facility to the Police Department. Southbay Marina has for many years been a great partner with the police department and strongly supports the Marine Unit in its effort. We thank them for their generosity.
The patrol boats are fully outfitted with all necessary safety, rescue and dive equipment including fire extinguishers, life jackets, throw rings, tow lines, first aid kits, marine radio, police radio, electronics, GPS, radar, and emergency lighting.
The Marine Unit has responded to numerous calls for boater assistance ranging from disabled boats to vessels sinking. Also, the Marine Unit has responded to disturbances on the river, maintaining crime scenes, boat crashes, intoxicated boaters, and vessels in need. Many citations and warnings were written for a wide range of boating violations along the Fox River.
- Boat 109/Zodiac is pictured above with the the ship Bounty (1960 Ship) that sank off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy on October 29,2013.
State statutes require the Department of Natural Resources to provide reimbursements up to 75% for equipment and patrol hours that local law enforcement agencies spend providing law enforcement on Wisconsin rivers and lakes. This includes the cost of the patrol boat, equipment, gas, oil and maintaining the boat. This money comes from boat registration fees and other recreational user fees.
The Marine Unit is proud to be building partnerships with the boating community and businesses along the Fox River. Our goal is to maintain the Fox River as a great, fun, safe place for all recreational boaters to spend time with their family and friends. If you have any questions about the Marine Unit, please contact Lt. Kevin Warych or Lt. John Rousseau at 920 448-3208.