Lt. Tim Parker Marine Division Commander of the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office announces that the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office will be participating in the Operation Dry Water Campaign.


Operation Dry Water is a national awareness and enforcement campaign focused on reducing the number of alcohol and drug related accidents and fatalities and fostering a stronger, more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water. Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard as well as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Agencies from all 56 U.S. states, trusts and territories are expected to participate in Operation Dry Water 2016 and in the ODW 2016 heightened awareness and enforcement weekend, June 24-26, 2016. Take the time to view and share this powerful video "ODW PSA" concerning the real dangers and consequences of boating under the influence of alcohol.


The campaign continues to make a significant impact on boater safety and spreading the message of the danger of boating under the influence. Operation Dry Water is held in June just prior to the Fourth of July holiday, a holiday known for increased boaters on the waters where alcohol use is prevalent, as are subsequent boating accidents and fatalities.odw wopt

Read more: OPERATION DRY WATER JUNE 24-26, 2016


Sheriff Stan Burchardt would like to remind everyone that the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Department is providing valuable safety classes this year.


HCSO continues to provide the very best in Concealed Pistol Classses in Michigan. Our department was one of the first to offer Pistol Safety Classes once the law changed in 2001. Our instructors are the very same instructors that train all of our staff concerning Firearms Safety, tactical Use and legal authority for use. We offer a limited number of these classes per year, so click here to see our 2016 Firearms Safety Class Schedule.



Sheriff Burchardt also reminds residents and non-residents of the Boating Safety Classes provided FREE of charge every year. Marine Safety is a priority of the Hillsdale County Sheriff's Department and our deputies instill this theme with enforcement activities and education. Check out the 2016 Boating Safety Class Schedule.