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Police watercraft

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Police watercraft

Police watercraft are boats or other vessels that are used by police agencies to patrol bodies of water. They are usually employed on major rivers, in enclosed harbors near cities or in places where a stronger presence than that offered by the Harbourmaster or Coast Guard is needed.


Police boats sometimes have high-performance engines in order to catch up with fleeing fugitives on the water. They have been used since the beginning of the 20th century.

Types of police boats

  • Patrol boat
  • fast pursuit vessels
  • Motorboat
  • Airboat
  • Rigid-hulled inflatable boat
  • Agencies with police boats

  • New York City Police Department and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department - waterways around NYC
  • North Carolina State Marine Patrol (NCMP) and North Carolina Wildlife Enforcement (NCWE) - waterways; NCMP with one oceangoing ship and numerous small craft generally open bays, tidal waters and open ocean up to three miles; longer out to sea on mutual operations to assist US Marine Fisheries Law Enforcement and US Coast Guard. NCWE numerous small craft on shallow all inland coastal waters, navigable rivers and lakes statewide.
  • Chicago Police Department - Chicago River and Lake Michigan
  • Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
  • Toronto Police Service - waters off Toronto
  • Peel Regional Police - waters off Mississauga
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police - inland waterways in areas of enforcement
  • United States Park Police - waters in National Park Service areas around NYC
  • Ontario Provincial Police - lakes and other waterways in Ontario
  • Hong Kong Police - waters off Hong Kong
  • New Zealand Police - waters off Auckland and Wellington
  • San Francisco Police Department - waters off San Francisco
  • San Diego Harbor Police - San Diego Bay and tidelands
  • Long Beach Harbor Patrol - Port of Long Beach
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine - Customs waters of the United States
  • Canada Border Services Agency - Customs enforcement in Canadian waters.
  • Baltimore Police Department waterways in and around Baltimore.
  • References

    Police watercraft Wikipedia

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