The Madera County Sheriff’s OHV UNIT is an effective deterrent to illegal off-highway riding, providing extensive off-highway and on-road law enforcement throughout the county of Madera. The unit enforces laws pertaining to off-highway vehicle operations, illegal shooting, stolen vehicles/OHVs, area searches and patrol checks at parks and other recreational areas.
SEARCH AND RESCUE:
The Madera County Sheriff’s OHV Unit provides personnel and equipment to schools, county fairs, civic groups. The unit frequently hosts public meetings and off-road events to address current state and local laws governing off-road vehicle riding.
- HONDA BIG RED MUV, nicknamed “SHREK,” for its color. This MUV/UTV, equipped with lights and siren, was purchased to assist the OHV unit in patrolling the trails, riverbeds, and other off-highway terrain, as well as transport injured riders and hikers. It is also equipped to assist Search & Rescue in transporting injured parties.
- 3 Suzuki DRZ-400’s dual sport motorcycles – two were purchased under the 2009/2010 OHV Grant, the third was donated to the unit in 2001. These motorcycles are well suited for the unit's needs and they are equipped with emergency lights and siren.
- 1 HONDA RINCON SPORT UTILITY ATV 680, 4X4, equipped with lights and siren, is used for patrolling trails, riverbeds and other off-highway terrain and equipped to assist Search and Rescue.
- 1 Open trailer, 16x7 -- custom built to haul the HONDA RINCON and the HONDA MUV “SHREK”.
- 1 Motorcycle trailer capable of hauling three motorcycles or one ATV. This trailer was financed by an OHV Grant that launched the Sheriff’s program back in 2000.
- 3 Garmin handheld GPS units.