The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office iniated the Marine Patrol Unit in 2009. The Marine Patrol Unit is currently comprissed of two vessels. Officers assigned to these vessels are Deputies Brent Snead and Daniel Money.
The Marine Patrol Unit operates a 2005 model converted Army vessel for special events and functions. This vessel was obtained by the Sheriff's Office at no cost through the Defense Reutilization Program. It is valued at $210,000.00. This former bridge erecting vessel is 28.5 feet long and 9 feet wide. It is powered by twin diesel engines and twin external jet propulsion units.
The Marine Patrol Unit has participated in several events to date; Paddling Alabama, The Weiss Lake Regatta, and assisted in the constuction of the rebuilding of the bridge on County Road 22 and patroled the waters during the annual Liberty Day at Cedar Bluff in July.