New Police Boat to Patrol Peel Region Lakes
In conjunction with 2019 Safe Boating Awareness Week, we are pleased to reveal Marine2. The state-of-the-art boat is an upgrade to our Marine Unit’s fleet.
“The safety of our community is of first and foremost importance for Peel Regional Police and that includes both on land and water. This investment in our Marine Unit fleet will better enable us to respond to calls for service and provide enhanced enforcement to ensure the safety of those on our waters” said Chief Chris McCord.
The Marine Unit is responsible for patrolling approximately 300 square kilometers of Lake Ontario and all other bodies of water that fall within Peel Region. In 2018, our Marine Unit checked 337 boats and had 142 calls for service, including 15 search and rescue calls and other calls for help from distressed boaters. They also found some dangerous conditions including excessive carbon monoxide onboard boats and some impaired operators.
Our new boat is fast, agile and equipped with the most up-to-date electronics and devices to help officers perform their duties. This boat has forward-looking infrared radar, which is capable of seeing through fog and total darkness and makes it possible to rescue distressed boaters even in poor visibility.
The Marine Unit are proud to continue building relationships with the boating community and businesses along Lake Ontario. They also want to remind you that we all have to be responsible while using Ontario lakes and rivers.
“If you plan on spending time on the water this summer, ensure that everyone has a properly-fitted lifejacket. Boat safety is a shared responsibility and we encourage individuals to exercise safe and responsible behaviour in and around the water” said Sergeant Greg Teague of the Marine Unit.
Come back throughout Safe Boating Awareness Week (May 18 to 24, 2019) for our expert boat safety tips.