Lake Wylie law enforcement units from York (SC) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources have a waterfront facility on Lake Wylie thanks to the persistence of the Lake Wylie Marine Commission and the collaboration and support of its public and private partners.
The center opened in 2009 near the main channel of Lake Wylie in York County. It is the result of several years of planning and effort by the Commission and the cooperation of Duke Energy, York County, South Carolina Department Natural Resources, lake law enforcement officers, and private partners.
The donated modular office building on a three acre site leased from Duke provides office space for staff, and there is a boathouse for law enforcement boats and other equipment storage and a boat ramp – all made possible by funding from York County.
The York County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will have offices at the facility, but since law enforcement units from both states routinely cooperate on lake safety and regulatory matters, the facility is available to all lake law enforcement units.
The location gives officers easy access to high traffic areas including Big Allison and Little Allison creeks. Previously there was no place on the lake or near the lake for law enforcement officers to complete paper work or store boats and equipment for the quickest response. The presence of the center has drastically reduced response times to lake needs because officers are sited there. They need not travel to the main office to complete paper work or trailer equipment from another site to launch near the scene of an urgent or emergency need. They will also have a central location to secure boats and other equipment belonging persons detained or injured on the lake.