Law enforcement in the State of New York got an added boost on the waterways Tuesday.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced that six new Brunswick “Justice” Patrol Boats have been assigned to State and local law enforcement agencies across New York. The watercraft will be used to to assist with marine law enforcement efforts on waterways throughout the state.
This year’s patrol vessels were assigned to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, the Long Island municipalities of Hempstead and Shelter Island along with the New York State Police, the New York State Park Police and the Lake George Park Commission.
The vessels, valued at approximately $125,000 each, were made possible through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, which provides funding to the states to assist with recreational boating safety.
The primary mission for these vessels will be the safety of recreational boaters and enforcement of New York State Navigation Laws.
“New York is blessed with an abundance of waterways that offer unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation – and by increasing the presence of law enforcement agencies on the water we are ensuring that they continue to be as safe as they are enjoyable,” Governor Cuomo said in a release. “These patrol boats help local organizations across the State maintain order on the waters in and around their communities.”
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