Cochrane police can often be seen cruising waterways in the region throughout the summer months, making sure safety laws are followed. 

The Cochrane detachment has its own jet boat and a few trained operators.

Cst. Nathan Moore said members participated in nine separate patrols this summer. 

"We do them for all sorts of reasons such as enforcement on the water, just making sure people have their proper equipment. Sometimes we'll do patrols from the shore as well. We'll also jump in and do joint operations with Conservation and Fish & Wildlife where they do their thing with making sure that people are following the right rules with bait and that kind of thing."   

But officers don't just patrol the water. 

"We had two different rescue files earlier this summer where somebody would be stuck on an island or something of that nature." 

Moore said the vessel isn't just used in and around Cochrane.

"We use it for the Bow River and then we use it from Ghost Lake heading up through Mînî Thnî all the way up to just about Seebe Dam. Because we look after Kananaskis as well, we have in the past taken it to Upper Kananaskis Lake, and Lower Kananaskis Lake as well. We'll take it wherever we can take it." 

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