Marine Patrols


The deputies of the St. Charles Parish Sheriffs Office’s Marine Division patrol the woods, waters, marsh, and swamp areas of St. Charles Parish, including the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

The Marine Division is on 24-hour call to
  • Assist stranded boaters
  • Perform search and rescue operations for missing hunters, fishermen, and boaters
  • Respond to boat wrecks and drowning incidents
  • Assist other divisions and agencies with any other emergency as needed

Boating Safety

The Marine Division performs a variety of boating safety duties during routine patrols to ensure the safety of those using parish waters. These duties include enforcing wake zones, checking boats for required safety equipment, and addressing persons operating boats recklessly or while intoxicated.

Camp and Property Owner Assistance

The Marine Division also performs camp checks, serves as a liaison to camp owners, and helps owners of marsh and swamp property with a variety of problems.

Man-made & Natural Disaster Response

Additionally, the Marine Division maintains special purpose vehicles and boats, generators, and other rescue equipment for response to man-made and natural disasters.

For additional information about the Marine Patrol's fleet, please view Equipment.

Dive Team

The SCSO Dive Team has four members who are trained to perform rescue and recovery dive operations.


Lieutenant Walter Fonseca supervises the operation of the Marine Division, assisted by Sergeant Clint LeBlanc, Sergeant Doug Carter, one part-time and one reserve deputy.