Police watercraft

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Police boat of the NYPD

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,[1] 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.[2]

Types of police boats[edit]

Gallery of police boats[edit]

Agencies with police boats[edit]

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  1. ^ Thames Police Museum
  2. ^ 1903 New York Harbor Police boat patrol capturing pirates Archived 2007-08-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "CPD Gets New Patrol, Rescue Boats". Retrieved 18 October 2012.

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