Pa­trol boats pro­vide new ways on wa­ter

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion - By JON BAS­SETT

THE nau­ti­cal arm of the law reaches fur­ther and faster off­shore with de­liv­ery of two WAbuilt 10m- long alu­minium hull pa­trol boats for Perth and Man­durah Wa­ter Po­lice ear­lier this month.

“We’ve bro­ken away from rigid in­flat­able pa­trol boats be­cause we are find­ing we are do­ing more and more work off­shore,” Se­nior Sergeant Greg Trew said.

His new boats cost about $400,000 each with a pair of 300hp out­board mo­tors and re­place two 8.5m rigid in­flat­able boats de­signed for mainly in­shore wa­ters.

The old boats have been given to the Depart­ment of Trans­port for use in its in­creas­ing pa­trols along wa­ter­ways.

Wa­ter Po­lice is pri­mar­ily a search and res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion with marine com­pli­ance and in­ves­ti­ga­tion du­ties.

Its new boats, built by Hen­der­son boat maker Shore­line Marine and ca­pa­ble of 40 knots, can travel as far as Ger­ald­ton, carry four of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing divers but usu­ally have a two-of­fi­cer crew.

The new boats will pa­trol in­land, in­shore and off­shore wa­ters, in ad­di­tion to car­ry­ing po­lice dur­ing mar­itime emer­gen­cies, miss­ing per­son searches and ma­jor crimes.

The boats’ sonar, which was not fit­ted to their pre­de­ces­sors, looks down and to the sides of the ves­sels to find ob­jects rang­ing from sunken boats, bod­ies or ob­jects as small as about 20cm or less dur­ing searches for ev­i­dence thrown or left in the wa­ter.

Of­fi­cers will also be able to work in bet­ter com­fort be­cause of the boats’ de­sign.

The new boat at North Fre­man­tle was first skip­pered by Constable Brodie Baker.

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