(Clay Township) Seven Clay Township police officers were recently deputized by Sheriff Tim Donnellon to work as Marine Patrol Deputies.
Because of the high water levels on waterways in the county, Sheriff Donnellon is working to increase the Marine Division presence, especially to enforce no wake laws. Without being deputized, the officers would have no jurisdiction on the water. The Clay Township officers will use a 23 foot Boston Whaler, already in use by Clay Township Police.
“I am extremely pleased to be able to add these officers as a force multiplier,” said Sheriff Donnellon. “Thanks to Chief Mike Coach for recognizing the need and offering his staff to assist in keeping damage along the shoreline to a minimum.”
The Clay Township Officers will be working on the water in addition to their normal road patrol duties. Though they are deputized to work anywhere on the water in St. Clair County, their role will be in the southern end of the county.
“We are pleased to be able to assist the Marine Division,” said Clay Township Police Chief Mike Koach. “We have a great working relationship with Sheriff Donnellon and his department. This is another avenue to do what’s right for the citizens of our community.”
In the first two weeks since boating season kicked off, 19 no wake violation citations have been issued, along with 4 warnings.
Pictured below at the swearing in ceremony are (left to right): Marine Division Lt. Paul Reid, Clay Township Officers James Pelletier, William Cope, David Fajardo, Sheriff Donnellon, and Clay Township Chief Michael Koach, and Clay Township Officers Stephen Stockwell and Paul Smith.