Newly recruited marine deputies and troopers will converge in Clackamas County for the Oregon Marine Boards annual Marine Law Enforcement Academy.
Students will learn marine laws, boat handling, on-the-water investigations, search-and-rescue and practice administering field sobriety testing on boaters suspected of boating under the influence of intoxicants, among other drills.
From May 2 through May 6, students will be on the Willamette River between Willamette Falls and Hog Island, mostly in the Cedar Oaks and Clackamette lagoons near the confluence of the Clackamas and Willamette rivers.
Every attempt will be made to reduce training congestion with anglers in the area, but police ask boaters to stay clear of any training operations. Students and instructors will launch from Sportcraft Marina in the morning, and they will remove vehicles and trailers to an alternate location to keep launching congestion to a minimum for the public.
Hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office, this years academy will train 27 students from 15 counties, along with students from the Oregon State Police. The two-week training covers everything from knot tying to self-rescue in full utility gear in a pool setting. Students will also learn firsthand about cold-water immersion and hypothermia.
This marine academy is a very comprehensive hands-on training and really challenges students mentally and physically, said Dale Flowers, law-enforcement training coordinator for the Marine Board.