Patrol Section is staffed with three Officers, a sergeant and two deputies.
Their function is to patrol the waterways within the City of New Iberia.
The mission of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit is to
save lives by responding to remote and hard reached areas of the parish in
regards to anyone in distress. The Search and Rescue Unit is prepared to operate
in any environment regardless of the conditions as long as the unit can safely
accomplish its mission of search rescue and recovery.
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit conduct operations on
land or water.
The main task of the unit is to respond to any distress calls within the parish
that take place in inaccessible locations that require specialized equipment
with specially trained personnel to achieve the assignment.
Search and Rescue Unit has specially equipped boats that are outfitted for
response to different locations within the parish. These boats are capable of
navigating all waterways within the parish. Currently the unit has two airboats
that can navigate shallow water where other boats would bog down. The unit has
two skiffs used for small bodies of water and a 30 foot Little Yacht boat that
the Search and Rescue team uses to contend with heavy seas when making rescues
at the farthest reach of the parish boundary, which extends three miles south of
The deputies in the unit are trained to use cutting edge technology such as
forward-looking infrared to help navigate through dense fog and no light
conditions, global positioning systems which assist with increasing response
time to locations and sonar that creates a safer navigation of areas where well
heads and other obstructions can create a deadly hazard. Also each deputy is
proficient in basic chart navigation and compass usage, known as dead reckoning.
Since most of the units operations take place in a maritime environment, the
deputies are proficient on basic seamanship to include knowing how to operate
the boats, basic knot tying and the basic mechanics of the equipment.