Pickens County Sheriff debuts rescue boat
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Michaela Redmond
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is no longer relying on others when it comes to operating on the water. Now, they’ve got a boat with their name on it.
The department, which is responsible for 30 miles of river, previously relied on outside help from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the marine divisions of the Tuscaloosa Police Department and Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
But now they’ve got their own thanks to the Law Enforcement Support Office‘s 1033 Program, which transfers unneeded military equipment to law enforcement agencies.
This boat didn’t come in tip-top shape, but renovations cost the department and taxpayers almost nothing because they relied on community volunteers and inmate labor.
Pickens County Sheriff Todd Hall said fixing up the boat was a yearlong project that will benefit everyone, including Pickens County’s neighbors.
“We’re hoping to position ourselves to where we can help other people now,” said Hall. “We have this capability and if we can ever help them, we’re here for them.”
The boat is currently housed at the sheriff’s office, meaning response time can be cut by two-thirds during an emergency.
Hall said the boat is useful in many situations, including drownings or rescues, flooding issues and stranded boaters.