Recreational safety includes ATV/UTV safety, boat and water safety, the Rice County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, snowmobile safety and water patrols.
ATV/UTV/Snowmobile education and enforcement
The Sheriff’s Office has two snowmobiles, one quad-cab UTV with a rescue basket and one ATV. These vehicles can be used for search and rescue, enforcement details and to assist with educational classes targeting safe operation of these recreational vehicles.
The dive team rescue and recovery duties are carried out by three patrol staff and three part-time special deputies who are all certified rescue divers. They are assisted by additional Sheriff’s personnel trained as dive team tenders, communications and sonar. Team members are trained for both open water and ice diving operations.
Water Patrol Water Patrol duties are conducted by patrol deputies, part-time seasonal water patrol staff, and citizen water patrol volunteers who live on or near our waterways within Rice County. The fleet consists of a variety of watercraft to assist with calls at holding ponds, streams, rivers and lakes.