Reporter checks in with boat patrol

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Some police officers on Milwaukee’s force do their duty on Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee River and at marinas, as they patrol the waters on a Zodiac boat.

Their primary concern: looking for equipment malfunctions (defective lights, for example), law compliance (life jackets, speeding, registrations) and for potential trouble (swerving drivers and possible DUI cases).

The patrols start in April and run through October, with Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start to boating season.

A reporter from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel recently talked to the boat patrol officers, where they talked about the challenges of enforcing drunk boating laws.

To read the full article, go to: Milwaukee harbor cops’ jobs aren’t watered down

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