One of the specialized units at the Brown County Sheriff's Office is the Recreational Vehicle Patrol. Staffed by officers with other full time responsibilities, they receive specific training on enforcement and safety issues related to each type of recreational vehicle. These patrols, the vehicles involved and training are partially if not fully funded through state and or federal funds.
The Snowmobile Patrol Unit consists of 12 sworn officers. This unit was originally created in the early 1970's, in response to citizen complaints regarding reckless snowmobile operation in both urban and rural areas of Brown County. The patrol works in concert with the Department of Natural Resources, and is primarily funded by the DNR through snowmobile registrations. The unit's primary enforcement areas include the Bay of Green Bay, the Duck Creek, the Mountain Bay Trail, the Suamico River, the East River and all marked snowmobile trails within Brown County. Due to the nature of the activity, patrols are conducted when conditions warrant.
With the evolution of the ATV’s and Off Road Vehicle’s over the past couple of decades, the Sheriff’s Office has created an ATV Patrol Unit as well. The same Snowmobile officers make up the Unit. The officers are cross trained on the different machines. The Unit responds to the various complaints and if Snowmobile trails are closed they monitor the miles of frozen waterways within the County. The ATV Unit was enacted in 2005 and is funded through the DNR much like the Snowmobile Patrol.
The Sheriff's Office also operates a Marine Patrol & Rescue Unit that is made up of 12 sworn officers. This unit was established to conduct enforcement activity and to assist boaters in distress. Like the snowmobile patrol and ATV patrol, this unit works in concert with, and is primarily funded by the Department of Natural Resources. Since local activity does not warrant a full-time Coast Guard station, state statutes require that the Sheriff's office take primary action on any activity on Green Bay. The unit, which works closely with the United States Coast Guard, has 3 boats which can access any body of water within Brown County. This unit normally patrols May though September and responds to emergency calls the remainder of the year. The unit also has a 23ft Airboat which went into service in 2011 to address late winter/ early spring issues involving unsafe ice conditions. This addition is a huge asset to the area by increasing the safety & efficiency of the officers. In recent years the late fall fishing, water fowl hunting and ice fishing has required year round rescue response, some under very difficult conditions. This will allows safer rescue efforts for our responders and allows us to get to those in need.