Marine Patrol Unit

BASIC CAPABILITIES AND FUNCTIONS

The Village of Key Biscayne is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on its east side and Biscayne Bay on the remaining 3 sides. Because Key Biscayne is a tourist and water oriented recreational haven, marine traffic around the island is heavy, particularly on weekends. Therefore, the Key Biscayne Police Department Marine Unit, in conjunction with the Miami-Dade Police Department Marine Unit, is responsible for law enforcement and rescue activities on the waterways in and around the island of Key Biscayne and the Village of Key Biscayne. The Unit assists the United States Coast Guard with "Homeland Security" and the United States Customs Service with illegal narcotics interdiction, and illegal alien smuggling interdiction. The Unit also maintains patrol and surveillance of water front properties on Key Biscayne.

The Key Biscayne Police Department is extremely proud of it's Marine Unit. The Team consists of two experienced marine certified sworn police officers of which one is a certified diver. To be a member of the Team, an officer must have at least one year of experience with the Key Biscayne Police Department. The officers then go through rigorous training programs sponsored by the United States Coast Guard and The Florida Marine Patrol.

The Marine Unit utilizes a 25 foot Contender powered by twin Yamaha 150 hp outboard engines. The Contender is equipped with GPS and all other required marine, navigation, and safety equipment.

 

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