The Grand Isle Sheriff’s Departments response to a report of a missing to over-due person is IMMEDIATE. Each situation is different; we quickly gather information about the person (age, physical description, health conditions, etc.), location last seen and a time line of disappearance.

Depending on the incident, we have access and will deploy the following resources:

  • Additional Officers (may include other agencies)
  • K9 team (may include other cooperating agencies)
  • Marine Vessels (may include other agencies)
  • UAV’s (drones)
  • Federal helicopter and/or aircrafts
  • Local EMS & Fire agencies

 

MARINE DIVISION

Covering the 122 sq. miles of Lake Champlain, the Grand Isle
County Sheriff’sdepartment has two boats and two jet ski’s to aid in search and rescue. Our two boats are docked at Apple Island Resort in South Hero and Little Cove Marina in Grand Isle to ensure a rapid and quick response anywhere on the lake. Our Jets skis are trailered for mobility to aid in quick response times.

 

K9 UNIT

 

A K9’s sense of smell is 6 million times better than that of a humans making them more effective than a 20 person search teams. Police K9’s are trained to do a variety of tasks including:

  • drug detection
  • bomb detection
  • tracking/trailing missing persons
  • recovery of deceased persons
  • apprehension of criminal suspects

Most K9’s are trained in one area of expertise making them highly skilled and effective at their jobs. K9’s and their handlers have a special bond but always keep in mind these are working dogs, not family pets.

NEVER FEED, PET, APPROACH A POLICE K9 OR VEHICLE WITHOUT GETTING PERMISSION FROM THE HANDLER FIRST. 

UAV

The Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department currently has two drones it uses to aid in search and rescue through satellite and thermal imaging. The Sheriff’s Department will support any other agency in Vermont in active Search & Rescue or recovery missions utilizing this technology.

WE DO NOT USE DRONES FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, SURVEILLANCE OR MONITORING PEOPLE ON PRIVATE PROPERTY**. The Sheriff’s Department has two drones; the Phantom 2 and the Phantom 4. If you have further questions of concerns please read the GISCD UAV Policy.

If you have further questions of concerns please read the GISCD UAV Policy.