The Venice Police Department Marine Unit is responsible for law enforcement and rescue activities on the waterways in and around the City of Venice. The unit patrols area lakes, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Gulf of Mexico up to 9 miles offshore. Marine officers patrol all parks and government properties assigned to the West Coast Inland Navigation District and the Army Corp of Engineers.
The unit works closely with the City of Venice Fire Department, Sarasota County Sheriffs Marine Unit, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, United States Coast Guard, and many other marine enforcement agencies.
The Marine Unit has three boats; a 30-foot Intrepid Marine Interceptor, a 24-foot Justice Boston Whaler, and a 14-foot Lowe jon boat used for shallow water. The larger boats are equipped with Mercury Verado outboard engines.
The Marine Unit provides boating and safety education to the public, monitors and patrols the navigable waters within the City of Venice, and assists other law enforcement agencies with water related investigations and activities. It handles emergency calls such as boaters in distress, sinking vessels, divers in distress or vessel fires. Marine officers routinely search for missing boats or people around the shoreline.
Marine officers enforce all state and local boating laws and regulations as well as perform vessel safety inspections within their area of responsibility. To accomplish their assignment, the Marine Unit is staffed by one full time U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain and two part-time officers.